(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Serena Williams rolled her ankle, then rolled over her opponent.
Despite injuring her right ankle, Williams defeated Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
“I’ve been injured before,” she said. “I’ve played this tournament with so many injuries and was able to come off pretty on top. So for me it’s just another page and a great story to tell the grandkids one day.”
Leading 4-0 in the first set, Williams was chasing a ball down the right side of the court when she fell and put both hands over her face. She then needed the ankle treated and re-taped before returning to play.
“I think I was really, really close to panicking because a very similar thing happened to me last year, almost on the same side, the same shot,” Williams said. “So I almost panicked, and I thought, I can’t do that. I just have to really remain calm and think things through.”
The 31-year-old is looking to win her 16th major of her career.
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Jill Martin, CNN