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Serena Williams Reveals ‘Weird’ Foot Issue Following Australian Open Win

The tennis star has raised curiosity after revealing that the size of one of her feet changes at times



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Serena Williams’ bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title is gaining momentum after she breezed into the third round of the Australian Open.

The former world No.1 required exactly 70 minutes to dismiss Serbia’s Nina Stojanović 6-3, 6-0, on the Rod Laver Arena. Hitting twice more winners than unforced errors (27-11), Williams dropped just four points behind her first serve throughout the match. The latest victory means she has dropped only five games in her first two matches at Melbourne Park after crushing Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-1 in the first round.

Despite the one-sided victories, the 39-year-old admits that sometimes she continues to struggle with the mental side of her game.

“I’m still just trying to find that balance,” she told reporters on Wednesday. “Even with my serve, I overthink it. It’s just like, I’m not hitting it. But when I don’t think about it and I’m just like, whatever, it goes in. But that’s clearly not the way to do it. It’s really about a balance.”

Heading into the Grand Slam there had been concerns over Williams’ health after she pulled out of a lead-up tournament due to soreness in her shoulder last weekend. Since then, she has reassured that the issue isn’t substantial but she has made some adjustments to her post-match routines. However, there is also another ‘weird’ issue the American has to contend with.

Prior to her second round match, one journalist saw Williams using a ‘medicine ball’ on her right foot and she didn’t put her trainer on until the last-minute. Raising questions about if it is yet another injury issue troubling the world No.11. However, Williams revealed that she deals with a foot issue where its size is affected by the climate.

“I have this really weird thing where my right foot swells in the heat,” she said.
“If I’m in the cold, it shrinks and then once it starts swelling and it hurts. I take my shoe off, so hopefully it wouldn’t swell so much because I also tape it and I’m basically wearing a cast on both of my feet. So just trying to help it not swell right now because I need to not be late as I always am for every match.”

Williams didn’t reveal how long she has been dealing with her foot problem and if she has sought a medical explanation for why it is happening. Although she has dismissed the possibility of it having any significant impact on her campaign in Melbourne.

“Sometimes it does (hurt). Sometimes I have to get it re-taped or sometimes last minute I’ll just cut some holes in it (the cast). It’s just something that my foot does. It’s really weird, so I always try to keep it warm so it doesn’t overly swell,” Williams explained.

Physical ailments aside, Williams has set up a clash with Russia’s Anastasia Potapova in the third round in what will be a case of deja vu. She also defeated Potapova at the Australian Open last year but in the first round.


Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream



Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Krejcikova Comes Alive With Her Serve To Win 12th Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon



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It must have seemed like the whole world was against her when Barbora Krejcikova served for the match for a third time against crowd favorite Jasmine Paolini.

But Krejcikova was only going for her 12th Grand Slam title. She was well prepared.

So, she released her patented way-out-wide serve to the smallish Paolini’s backhand, and the best the Italian could do was get her racket on the ball enough to return the serve far off the court, long and wide.


The weight of the world was gone as Krejcikova threw her arms over her head and calmly walked to the net to greet the Wimbledon runner-up.

Now, Krejcikova was half-way home to a career Grand Slam in singles. She already owns a career Grand Slam in doubles among her dozen Grand Slam titles that also include one mixed doubles Grand Slam title.

She has won the hard ones, the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass.

At 28 years old, anything must look possible to this 5-10 Czech.


Paolini simply was out played in a second straight Grand Slam final, on clay and on grass. Now she faces the real tests, two straight Grand Slam tournaments on hard surfaces that might not be overly friendly to the 5-4 Paolini.

But there it was, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory for Krejcikova on Wimbledon’s famed Center Court.

After what might be called a throw-away second set for Krejcikova, she came alive in the third set, pinning Paolini to the deep corners while nailing low hard-hit balls to both corners.

Krejcikova got off to 40-0 starts on her first four service games of the decisive set and ended all four with service winners to take a 5-3 lead (with the aid of the only service break of the third set). She yielded only one point in those four service games, a double fault at 40-0 that was followed by an ace.

Of course, it was the serve again that saved the day for Krejcikova and gave her set points two and three, then sealed the deal for a spot in Wimbledon history.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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