I didn’t realize Serena’s foot injury was controversial, but she replied to the conspiracy theorists this week in USA Today:
“I heard just recently that there had been doubt, but at the end of the day, I have to answer to me. It’s unfortunate I had to have surgery, but I’m not lying or denying, because it is what it is.”
In the article – a must read – Serena reveals what really happened in that Munich restaurant in early July:
“We were walking out of the restaurant and, all of a sudden, I felt pain,” she said. “The pain felt like kind of a stubbed foot, like ‘Ow,’ and I thought, ‘Wow, I stubbed my foot.’ Then in 20 seconds, or a minute, I started walking again. And it hurt some more. So we looked down and there was glass all over the floor. I was standing, recovering, thinking I got a little cut and telling my nephew, who was with us, to be careful. Then my practice partner put a cellphone down to the floor so we could see, and there was a huge puddle of blood. I said, ‘OMG, I don’t think this is good.’ ”
Definitely not. After getting eighteen stitches to the tops and bottoms of her feet in a Munich ER, she played through major pain at the Best of Belgium exhibition and returned to the States with what she describes as a “drooping” big toe on her right foot. It turned out she had a lacerated tendon, and she decided to have surgery on the foot.
And for those wondering about the high heels she was wearing just after the news of her foot injury broke, they were just for show. “I took the pictures with those shoes, then wore flats the rest of the night,” she told USA Today.
This has been her look, lately. Actually, it’s pretty cute:
“If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any,” Serena quipped on ESPN tonight, before going out to watch her sister beat Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in straight sets. But some good news – the boot’s off and Serena’s back on the practice courts, using the boot as target practice.