Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Gave My All, Says Injured Williams

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Gave My All, Says Injured Williams

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VENUS Williams bowed out of the Australian Open yesterday - but insisted she had "peace of mind" after giving her all against Andrea Petkovic.

Williams lasted just a game and two points before defaulting due to the leg injury she suffered in the previous round against Sandra Zahlavova.

The crowd on Rod Laver Arena were not impressed, with some fans showing their disapproval, but the American fourth seed was adamant she did all she could to play and pointed to her record of having never before pulled out of a grand slam match through injury.

She said: "I couldn't play, I couldn't move, it was just too painful.

"Often when you play you can get by on adrenaline, but I didn't get enough of that tonight.

"It's super disappointing especially as I have never had to retire from a grand slam match.

"But I have peace of mind that I gave my best out there.

"My parents and coaches didn't think I should play."

Williams admitted she will learn from having tried to play when she ought to have pulled out beforehand.

Caroline Wozniacki has been trying to change perceptions of herself ever since she rose to the number one ranking and showed no sign of letting up yesterday.

Wozniacki's ascent to the top of the women's game was achieved without a grand slam victory and there remain doubts as to whether she has the mental toughness to win a major.

She has certainly impressed in Melbourne so far, however, her 6-4 6-3 victory over Dominika Cibulkova moving her into the fourth round and a clash with Anastasija Sevastova, who beat Russian qualifier Vesna Manasieva 6-1 6-3. After continuing to defy the on-court doubters, she then attempted to right another wrong after being accused of being boring in Press conferences by South American journalists for continually giving the same answers.

Wozniacki argues she always gets asked the same questions so she came prepared, reeling off the answers to the questions she was expecting, before opening up the floor and answering queries on a wide range of topics from global warming to Kenny Dalglish's return to Liverpool. …

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