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Video: Sharapova turns ankle during match in Tokyo, retires

How tough is Maria Sharapova? The world No. 2 stepped awkwardly after a serve in her quarterfinal match in Tokyo and fell to the court when her left ankle buckled. Minutes later, the ankle was swollen to twice its size and the three-time Grand Slam champion had to be helped out of the locker room and taken to a hospital for an MRI. Yet in the seconds following the injury, Sharapova barely winced.

The injury happened with Sharapova serving at 3-4 in the first set of a Wimbledon finals rematch against Petra Kvitova:

Sharapova immediately knew the injury was serious. "I felt a sharp pain and next thing I knew I was on the floor," she said. "It swelled up immediately and I knew there was no way I could continue." (Swell it did. Look at how big the ankle is at the end of the clip.)

The results of Sharapova's MRI are not yet known. Her retirement ends any chance Sharapova had at taking the No. 1-ranking away from Caroline Wozniacki this season.

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