Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor
Tennis injury prevention tips won’t help Serena Williams or Sabine Lisicki as they both fall to painful on-court problems. Williams was the first to fall after rolling her ankle during a game at the Brisbane International tournament in Queensland, Australia.
Sabine Lisicki has been a hit with her New Zealand fans, although this has not been from her tennis playing, but more from her engaging personality and winsome manner with both locals and the media.
The ASB Classic is in full swing in Auckland, and it’s a shame to see Lisicki go, but injury is to be taken seriously in any sport and it’s vital to pay immediate attention in order to prevent further damage.
Tennis Injury Prevention Tips Won’t Help Serena Williams or Sabine Lisicki
ASB Classic’s top seed Sabine Lisicki has retired injured in her match against Angelique Kerber.
The world No 15 succumbed to a left abdominal injury in the second set against her German compatriot.
While players often pull out of the Classic with minor injuries because they want to be right for the Australian Open, Lisicki was in such pain that there was no chance of her continuing, Grand Slam in a week’s time or not.
But Lisicki had never hit top form during her time in Auckland and struggled in her previous two matches, against Virginie Razzano and Mona Barthel.
Kerber was up 3-0 after nine minutes, but 10 minutes later the set was all square at 3-3.
The pattern of winning games in threes looked set to continue when Kerber served for it at 5-3 but she double faulted at 30-40 to end the sequence.
However, Lisicki made the same error when defending a break point in the next game, which resulted in her dropping the first set.
When down 2-1 in the second set Lisicki seemed to be bothered by pain around her torso and at went off court to get medical treatment.
She came back, but was clearly uncomfortable with serving or make quick changes of direction.
Lisicki did battle on, but at every change of ends she had more treatment for the abdominal injury and at 15-30 and 3-4 down decided to throw in the towel and send Kerber into a semi-final showdown against Flavia Pennetta in tomorrow’s first semi-final.
While this year’s top seed won’t be remembered for the scintillating tennis she played this week, she did win fans for her attitude on and off the court, something that last year’s big name player, Maria Sharapova, failed to achieve. Click here to visit the original source of this post
World No. 12 in WTA ranking, Serena Williams bravely continued playing after the injury and went on to win.
The American star’s Australian Open campaign has been rocked after she rolled her left ankle during her second round victory today.
Serving for the match on deuce when leading 6-2, 5-3, Williams was wrong-footed by her Serbian opponent Bojana Jovanovski and fell awkwardly trying to change direction.
The five-times Australian Open champion lay on the surface for a few minutes without moving while her mother Oracene at first giggled in the stands then bowed her head in hope upon the realisation her daughter may be seriously injured.
Williams took a long injury time out before returning to the court with her ankle heavily strapped and in a brace.
Jovanovski broke Williams’ serve but the US superstar fought on strongly to claim the victory on her opponent’s serve the very next game, taking just one match point opportunity to claim a 6-2 6-4 win.
Williams was playing her first tournament since losing to Samantha Stosur at last year’s US Open final, after taking a three month break to recharge for another title at Grand Slam success in Australia.
Williams was disappointed to end her Brisbane debut so soon.
“It was such an unexpected end to the tournament,” Williams said.
“I didn’t expect to be getting an MRI today. I’ve had a great time here in Brisbane the tournament is great, the fans are fantastic and hopefully I’ll see them again next year.”
Williams was playing superbly until the fall.
Williams showed tremendous courage to play on and secure the victory, but her quarter-final scheduled for tomorrow will go to Daniela Hantuchova in a walkover. (Original story here)
Tennis injury prevention tips won’t help Serena Williams or Sabine Lisicki now, but being pulled out of the Australian and New Zealand tournaments will certainly change the outcome of these events.
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