This was reported in Page Six, so of course the screaming headline is “Serena Williams Bedazzles Her Cast”, and not “What the hell? Serena Williams cuts her foot on a beer bottle in July and now she can’t play until Spring 2011?”
Seriously, this is getting serious. After missing this year’s US Open, the year-ending championships and the Fed Cup Finals, Serena Williams has already announced that she won’t be defending her Australian Open title in January (or teaming up with big John Isner in Perth.) This weekend, she gave a downer status report to the New York Post at a fashion event in Miami.
She told us, “I decorated it (a cast) myself with crystals. I am trying to make the best out of a bad situation. I hope to be out of the cast and back on the court by spring.“
If bedazzling qualifies as headline news for you:
Photo Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com via NYMag.com
To recap the mishap:
Serena cut her foot at a Munich restaurant in early July, just after defending her Wimbledon title. She received 18 stitches at the ER that night and went on to play (and lose) the Best of Belgium exhibition vs. Kim Clijsters a couple days later. Soon after, the WTA released a statement stating that Serena was out for much of the summer, due to a “procedure” on her foot that turned out to be surgery for a lacerated tendon. After pooh-poohing the conspiracy theories, Serena pulled out of the US Open and has been out of competition ever since. I think we all just assumed she was getting ready to defend her Australian Open title until she was spotted leaving a November 18th Miami Dolphins game on crutches. Serena revealed soon after that she’s still recovering from a second surgery. From a November 24 post on her website:
As I continue to rehabilitate my foot after the second surgery last month, it is with the utmost regret that I am withdrawing from the Hopman Cup and the 2011 Australian Open Championships. As I recently learned, pushing myself back into my intense training too early only caused me further injury and damage. While I desperately want to be back on the court and competing in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, it is imperative for my health that I continue to work with my doctors to ensure my foot heals properly. This decision, though heavy on my heart, is the right one. I am praying for a healthy recovery and I promise my Aussie fans and my fans around the world that I will be back better than ever as soon as I can be.
This has been one of the most disappointing developments of the 2010 tennis season, and it’s even more frustrating to learn that Serena “the Real No. 1” Williams won’t be setting the bar for the WTA tour for quite some time. I’ve started to hear/read around the interwebs that some think this may be curtains for ReRe.
No way, I say! At the very most, we’re in store for yet another WTA comeback story. Heck, maybe we’ll have two! (Hey, Martina H.! Now’s your chance!)
Somewhere in Belgium, Justine Henin casts an urgent glance at Carlos Rodriguez.