BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams injured her left ankle at the Brisbane International, and it could be a major setback for her Australian Open preparations.
Williams, in her first trip Down Under since winning the 2010 Australian Open title, is playing a tournament for the first time since losing last year's U.S. Open final.
She was serving for the match with a 6-2, 5-3 lead against Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski on Wednesday when she twisted the ankle, falling to the court on the baseline.
She needed treatment and had the ankle re-taped before losing the next point to surrender a service break. Williams limped through the next game, wincing in pain at times, before securing a 6-2, 6-4 win to advance to quarterfinals.