Serena Williams cruised past Petra Martic on Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York to reach the US Open quarterfinals, beating the Croatian in straight sets.
That victory, however, may have come at a steep price.
Williams twisted her right ankle late in the second set after attempting to return a short ball near the net. Williams finished out the game before taking a medical timeout, where a trainer wrapped up her right ankle even more.
She finished out the set, however, taking the win 6-3, 6-4 in a nearly 90-minute match.
Though it was a scary incident for the 23-time Grand Slam champion, Williams thinks her ankle will be just fine.
“I just rolled it,” Williams said after the match. “I don’t know why. I was volleying and it just went over. That was a little frustrating, but I just wanted to get it compressed really fast and that’s what I did.”
Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said after the match that Williams wasn’t in too much pain, either — likely a welcome sign.
“What is more important is how she feels and how the ankle looks,” Mouratoglou said, via Reuters. “She doesn’t feel much pain. She feels, but it’s acceptable. And we will know tomorrow when it’s going to be cold.
Williams is now set to take on No. 18-seed Wang Qiang of China in the quarterfinals. Wang knocked off No. 2 seed Ashleigh Barty in straight sets on Sunday to reach her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Though Wang would have a significant advantage if Williams is still impacted by her ankle, the 30-year-old thinks it should be OK.
Williams and her team will check on it on Monday. In reality, the incident was more scary than anything — especially after her left ankle injury at the Australian Open in January.
“Ankle, I usually know if it's horrible early on," Williams said, via WTA. “I had a really bad ankle sprain in January. I was like, instantly, ‘No, this can't happen. I'm finally healthy.’
“But I'll see tomorrow. So far I'm good. I have been managing it. We'll see tomorrow.”
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