Serena Williams to miss out on upcoming tournaments due to foot injury
This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
According to the WTA tour, Serena Williams – the world’s premier female tennis player – will miss the upcoming tournaments in Istanbul, Cincinnati, and Montreal due to ‘a necessary procedure on her right foot’. The foot injury – a laceration caused by a piece of broken glass – is reportedly bad enough to require major surgery. Said injury occurred just days after Williams decimated Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 in the Wimbledon finals, resulting in her fourth Rosewater Dish and thirteenth grand slam title overall.
This unfortunate injury (and the resultant surgery) will also keep Williams from competing in the year’s final grand slam, the US Open. The decision to have the surgery, though, came out of Brussels, Belgium – just hours after Serena was schooled in front of 35,681 spectators in straight sets (6-3, 6-2 ) by none other than Kim Clijsters. Clijsters was, of course, William’s better in last years US Open tournament – sort of.
If you’re having trouble remembering what happened during the final set of the 2009 women’s US Open semi-final, allow the following to be a brief reminder. Williams to tiny line judge: “I swear to God I’m [expletive] going to take this [expletive] ball and shove it down your [expletive] throat, you hear that? I swear to God.”
This astonishing (but refreshingly dramatic) bout of rage took place while Williams was serving 5-6, 15-30. She faulted her first serve, and was called for a foot fault on her second serve. Instead of simply serving again to come back from 15-40 (like she has many times before) – using what most consider to be the best serve in women’s tennis – Williams started cursing and shaking a tennis ball at the line judge. Once the umpire caught wind, 15-40 quickly turned into a 7-5 second set and overall match victory for the then unseeded and unranked Kim Clijsters.
If you were looking to enjoy another dramatic US Open semifinal, you’re probably going to have to wait till 2011. Clijsters (7) and Williams (1), with a hyper-extended elbow and cut-up foot respectively, will both be absent from this year’s 2010 US Open. In the meanwhile, Williams will appease her fans in the only other way she can right now, with tweets; “hi guys! thanks for all the get well wishes. it really means a lot can’t wait to get out of bed & back on the courts & do what i do best!”