Serena Agony

IT only takes a minute for your world to change on Centre Court.
A tearful Serena Williams said she was saved by the rain after collapsing, screaming in pain from a calf muscle spasm.
Her agony against Daniela Hantuchova was hard to watch, especially for father Richard, mother Oracene and sister Venus.
With his daughter limping back into action, Richard pointed to the sky and shouted at the umpire to cover the court. He got his wish a few minutes later.
Returning after the showers, Serena fought like a wounded animal to stay in the Championships.
Roared on by the late evening crowd, she clinched a memorable third set victory, blowing a kiss to the heavens at the end.
“I’ve never dealt with such pain. I can’t believe I won,” she said a few minutes ago in the press interview room, as dusk fell over SW19.
“When I went down, I didn’t expect to be able to get up.
“I thought about not finishing, but very briefly.
“I thought I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I hadn’t at least tried.”

Venus had earlier been all smiles as she told how she and Serena had watched TV coverage of the memorial concert for Diana at Wembley.

“I did like that band Take That,” revealed the three-times Wimbledon champion.
“We were all promising ourselves we were going to get the greatest hits. We didn’t know they sang any of those songs.”
The band may be back for good, but Venus was almost at the exit door in her own tussle with Japan’s Akiko Morigami.
Taken to a third set, she struggled to relight her fire, making a total of 42 unforced errors and 14 double faults.
But as rain fell yet again, Florida-based Venus, 27, served out the match and denied “graveyard” Court 2 another high profile victim.
She now faces Maria Sharapova in a fourth round clash tomorrow.
The same interview room hot seat had earlier been occupied by Tamira Paszek, 16, from Austria, still taking in the biggest win of her career over Russia’s No 12 seed Elena Dementieva.
Tamira didn’t know she was already guaranteed a cheque for at least £47,250.
“I don’t play for the money. I’m 16. I just play because I love the game. It’s so much fun for me.”
Fun is not a word Serena or Venus would use about another dramatic day for the Williams sisters.

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