September 29, 2011
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.)