Australian Open 2013: Serena Williams double bagel

Anything you can do, Maria… Serena survives injury scare to answer Sharapova's double-bagel with one of her own

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

03:41 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

03:41 GMT, 15 January 2013

Serena Williams overcame a right ankle injury to win her first match at the Australian Open 6-0, 6-0 against Edina Gallovits-Hall.

With the match just 19 minutes old and Williams leading 4-0, the 15-time major winner fell to the court awkwardly, clutching her right ankle.

Cruise control: Serena Williams eased through to the second round

Cruise control: Serena Williams eased through to the second round

She was helped to her court-side chair before having her ankle heavily taped by a WTA trainer.

The third-seeded Williams, attempting to win her third consecutive major title, returned to the court to win the next four points and the game, then held service to take the opening set before again receiving treatment.

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

She also dominated the second set, allowing the Romanian player to win just six points.