Australian Open 2021: Former World No.1 Venus Williams faced a painful exit from the competition after incurring an injury to her ankle during the second round rubber against Sara Errani.

Venus Williams gets medical attention after twisting her right ankle during 2nd round of Australian Open. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Venus Williams twisted her right ankle during the 1st set of 2nd round
  • Williams crashed out of 2nd round after a 6-1 6-0 defeat against Errani
  • Muguruza registered a comfortable 6-3 6-1 win against Samsonova

Former World No.1 Venus Williams, at the age of 40, fought through the pain and completed her second-round match against Sara Errani before bowing out of the Australian Open, on Wednesday.

During the match, the American tennis star suffered an injury after twisting her right ankle while trailing 1-5 in the first set. But the 40-year-old, who had walked into the rubber with a taped left knee, refused to give up and exited the Grand Slam competition after a 6-1 6-0 defeat against her Italian opponent.

Venus, who is a seven-time Grand Slam champion and has been twice a finalist at Melbourne Park, screamed in agony before limping to her chair to receive medical attention during the opening set.

It seemed as if she would take a walkout but as soon as she received some heavy strapping on her injured ankle and extra taping on the knee, Venus returned to court to resume the game. She received wide applause from everyone present at the John Cain Arena even as she left the court.

Meanwhile, another former World No.1 Garbine Muguruza registered a comfortable 6-3 6-1 win, on Wednesday, against Russia’s Ludmilla Samsonova to advance to the 3rd round of the Grand Slam competition.

(Inputs by Reuters)



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