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Tennis: Serena Williams withdraws from Brisbane with injury

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Brisbane International after injuring her left ankle, delivering a major blow to her Australian Open preparations.

AP, Wednesday 4 Jan 2012
Serena Williams
Serena Williams of the United States collapses after twisting her left ankle in her match against Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. (Photo: AP)
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Williams twisted her ankle and crashed heavily on the court while serving with a 6-2, 5-3 lead against Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski in their second-round match Wednesday.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner was able to continue after receiving medical treatment, clinching the match in the next game to secure a quarterfinal spot, but later withdrew after she said tests showed that she had a left ankle sprain “that I probably shouldn’t play on.”

Williams was playing in her second singles match since losing the U.S. Open final in September.

She plans to take a few days off and remains “hopeful of playing the Australian Open,” which begins Jan. 16.

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