15/01/2013 08:07 CEST - Australian Open

Serena Williams - 15.1.2013


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Q.  The fact you came in with no crutches on is a good start for us.  How is the leg?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  I haven't had enough time to assess it yet.  Saw the doctor again.  We're just gonna see how it is in a few hours from now.

Q.  So Thursday is too early to call, whether you can play Thursday?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Oh, I'll be out there.  I mean, unless something fatal happens to me, there's no way I'm not going to be competing.
I'm alive.  My heart's beating.  I'll be fine.

Q.  Is there any pain or swelling there now?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Obviously there's pain.  Obviously there's swelling.  So it's going to be really important to see how the next few hours unfold.

Q.  When you were down on the court for a while, how much of that was it actually hurting and how much was the memory rushing back to you?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  It was definitely a lot of pain.  Also a little bit of the memory, as well.  So it was definitely a little bit of both.
But also at the same time trying to gather myself together and trying to make sure that I can continue.

Q.  You've seen some pretty serious injuries before.  Is there something that switches on in your head, I'm injured, this is what I'm going to do?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Absolutely.  I've been injured before.  I've played this tournament with so many injuries and was able to come off pretty on top.  So for me it's just another page and a great story to tell the grandkids one day (laughter).

Q.  When you were on the ground lying there, do you have to tell yourself, Do not panic?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Absolutely.  I think I was really, really close to panicking because a very similar thing happened to me last year, almost on the same side, the same shot.
So I almost panicked, and I thought, I can't do that.  I just have to really remain calm and think things through.

Q.  Have the medical people indicated whether you'll need a scan or an xray?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  That's definitely optional.  I'm going to play it by ear.  I would love to see the next few hours how I go, and then I'm going to decide what to do next at that stage.

Q.  How much better do you think the tape made this experience today compared to if it hadn't been there?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  If I didn't have tape, I would not be playing.  It would have been fatal (laughter).

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