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Serena Battles Through Pain to Beat Hantuchova at Wimbledon

Reuters
Jul 02, 2007

Serena Williams screams in triumph during her Women's Singles fourth round match against Daniela Hantuchova. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serena Williams screams in triumph during her Women's Singles fourth round match against Daniela Hantuchova. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)



LONDON—Serena Williams clinched one of the most dramatic victories of her career on Monday, battling crippling cramp to beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-7 6-2 in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The American seventh seed looked down and out when she collapsed in agony on the Centre Court turf at 5-5 in the second set, having roared back from 5-2 down.

Crying with frustration and screaming in pain Williams needed lengthy treatment before hobbling on to reach a tiebreak when rain came to her rescue at 4-2 down.

When play resumed nearly two hours later Hantuchova finished off the tiebreak with three successive points but Williams was not about to give up without a fight.

A bad-tempered Williams began to move more freely and with Hantuchova seemingly strangled with nerves, the 2002 and 2003 champion surged into a 5-2 lead.

She brought up a match point with a belting drive volley and ended the contest when a bemused Hantuchova netted a backhand.



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