Monday, January 26, 2009

Serena Williams Moves On At The Aussie Open... Barely


"Serena Williams went searching for her first serve, once with a tirade so X-rated that she earned a warning from the chair umpire.

Victoria Azarenka went searching for the shade until she wobbled and almost toppled over and finally, as she was sobbing into her hands, had to quit, held up on each side as she left Rod Laver Arena.

Williams, seeded No. 2, had nothing to brag about after her 3-6, 4-2 (ret.) fourth-round win over the 13th-seeded Azarenka.

At the end of the first set, having placed only 56% of her first serves in the box, Williams screamed at herself, using a word that caused a gasp from the crowd.

But even in the early going -- when Azarenka, a 19-year-old from Belarus who wore a ruffled blue skirt that didn't seem to fit with her bombastic groundstrokes, was pushing Williams around the court -- she was always looking for a place out of the sun.

After Azarenka held serve to stay only one break down at 2-3 in the second set, both players took injury timeouts. Azarenka left the court and Williams retaped both ankles.

When the match restarted Azarenka was clearly in distress. She was coughing and seemed close to fainting. Her illness was a mild case of gastroenteritis, according to tournament officials. In other words, an upset stomach."

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