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By Chris Oddo



(January 14, 2013) -- Serena Williams' ankle injury was the tremor that shook the grounds on Day 2 of the 2013 Australian Open. From the minute Serena turned her right ankle while sliding through forehand in the first set of her match against Edina Gallovits-Hall, speculation was rampant as to what Williams' injury would mean for the rest of the draw.

The injury looked bad (see the YouTube video above), and Williams' reluctance to put any weight on the ankle was disconcerting, but the fact that the 15-time Grand Slam champion emerged with a double bagel over Gallovits-Hall left some hope that Williams might be fine after a day of rest.

Here's a sampling of quotes and tweets culled throughout the course of the day:

"Obviously there's pain, obviously there's swelling, so it's going to be really important to see how the next few hours unfold." -- Serena Williams, during her post-match press conference.

Matt Cronin, of tennisreporters.net, chimed in after being thoroughly impressed that Williams was able to destroy her opponent 6-0, 6-0 while barely using her right leg for more than half the match:



Chris Chase, of USA Today, interjected some humor and the obligatory NFL comparison:



"Looks like she's playing on one leg against a ball machine." -- Rennae Stubbs, while calling the match on television.

Neil Harman of the London Times was more interested in the trainer who frantically taped Serena's ankle. What a crazy job that must be.



"I don't think we'll be able to tell, really, for a day or two." -- Chris Evert, wondering like the rest of us if Serena would be healthy enough to win her 16th Grand Slam by the end of next week.


 

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