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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 30, 2014
STANFORD---Serena Williams finally realised
what happened days later, when she was allowed
to get out of bed.
Williams said she was barely aware of how sick
she was as she tried to play through a viral infection
that caused her to lose equilibrium during a women s
doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon. It
was only later, when she was able to clear her head,
that she realised the seriousness of her situation.
"It was interesting and I was scared after,"
Williams said. "I didn t realise how I felt until later.
In the moment I didn t realise how sick I was. It s
weird but that s the fight in me. I never know when
to say when."
She would have continued had not Venus insisted
she get off the court. Williams said. "I m feeling
really good right now and I m happy to be here."
Williams said she will undergo a series of tests
at the end of the season.
Williams apparently expected to play in Bastad
the following week until her mother nixed the idea.
Doctors wouldn t let her leave her room, so she
got some much-needed rest before resuming a full
schedule that included a working vacation and a
"I was going to stay in Europe and play in the
tournament," she said. "Going to Croatia was unex-
pected. I m glad I went. It was so pretty."
Serena Williams goes to play a return with partner Venus
Williams of the US in their women's doubles match against
Kristina Barrios of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of
Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships
in Wimbledon, London, in early July. The Williams sisters
retired after three games. AP PHOTO
Williams long-time hitting
partner Sascha Bajin suggested the
trip, telling her "there are more
tennis courts than people there.
And there were tennis courts
everywhere you looked."
She practiced in the morning
and took it easy the rest of the
"I was running and swimming
and jumping in the ocean,"
Williams said. "I tried to stay away
from the sharks. That s pretty good
motivation. I didn t want to be
eaten by sharks."
Williams maintained that after
three days in bed, she had already
moved on and stopped thinking
about it. She also ignored internet
Looking comfortable and
relaxed, the world s No 1 player
said she s ready to renew her pur-
suit of excellence on the court.
Williams meets the Czech
Republic s Karolina Pliskova today
in the second round of the Bank
of West Classic. Pliskova beat
Japan s Kimiko Date-Krumm, 6-
1, 6-3, on Monday.
Serena ready to return after illness
KITZBUEHEL---Paolo Lorenzi of Italy downed two-
time former champion Robin Haase 6-2, 6-3 in the
first round of the Kitzbuehel Cup yesterday.
The sixth-seeded Dutchman, who won the event
in 2011 and 12, dropped serve early in both sets and
failed to break Lorenzi s serve. Last year s finalist,
Juan Monaco, overcame a slow start to defeat Andrey
Golubev of Kazakhstan 0-6, 6-2, 6-1.
The 81st-ranked Argentine won just five points on
serve in the opener and trailed 6-0, 1-4 when the
match was interrupted for an hour by rain.
Monaco will next play No 7 Jarkko Nieminen of
Finland, who beat Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-
Also, David Goffin of Belgium defeated Kenny De
Schepper of France 6-2, 6-4 to set up a second-
round match against top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber.
STANFORD---Germany s Andrea Petkovic reached
the second round of the Bank of the West Classic
with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Croatia s Alja Tomljanovic
on Monday and also benefited from the elimination
of an experienced potential opponent in the next
Petkovic dropped serve twice but produced six
breaks of her own as Tomljanovic struggled on serve,
getting less than half her first serves into play.
Petkovic, whose career has been interrupted by
knee injuries, will next face 16-year-old qualifier
Naomi Osaka of Japan, who defeated former US Open
champion Samantha Stosur 4-6, 7-5 (7), 7-5.
Osaka won three straight points to claim the
tiebreaker and take the match to a third set, where
she trailed 5-3 before breaking Stosur s last two
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic beat Japan-
ese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-3 to set up
a second-round match against top-seeded Serena
Williams, who had a bye through the first round in
her comeback tournament following an illness that
ended her run at Wimbledon.
In other first-round matches, American qualifier
Sachia Vickery defeated China s Shuai Zhang, 6-1,
6-2 and Varvarel Lepchenko beat Caroline Garcia of
France 6-4, 6-3.
Lorenzi beats champ
Haase in Kitzbuehel
Stosur out at Stanford
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