Serena Williams injury: Ankle injury causes concern

Robert Prezioso

Serena Williams injured an ankle during her first-round match at the Australian Open, but she doesn't expect it to keep her from playing in the rest of the tournament.

Serena Williams needed medical attention after injuring her right ankle during her first-round match of the 2013 Australian Open, but said that as long as she's alive, she expects to continuing playing.

"I've been injured before," Williams said, according to ESPN. "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."

Williams, who was hurt during the first set of her match against Edina Gallovits-Hall, said she was a little shocked when the injury occurred and felt a lot of pain. She required a medical timeout that lasted about eight minutes. She said the injury was similar to one she suffered last year.

"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," Williams said. "So I almost panicked, and I thought, I can't do that. I just have to really remain calm and think things through."

After the match Williams said she was still in pain and the ankle was swollen. She didn't rule out having an X-ray, but will wait to see how the injury reacts to rest and some ice, according to the Associated Press.

Although the injury could be a factor for the rest of the tournament, it didn't appear to have a major impact on the match. Williams won the first point after receiving treatment, then dominated the second set on the way to a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

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