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Serena Dodges Injury Scare in Rout

Michael Dodge/Telegraph

Serena Williams was streaking toward a shutout when she collided with a glimpse of disaster. Racing to her right for a running forehand, Williams’ orange Nike shoe stuck to the blue court like fly paper, causing her to roll her right ankle and crash to the court, and the concerned fans in Hisense Arena to draw a collective gasp.

Williams spent more than 90 seconds on her back staring straight up at the sky, her hopes of pursuing a sixth Australian Open title seemingly up in the air after that scary fall in the fifth game of today's opening-round match.

Serena climbed off the court, took about an eight-minute injury time out to have her right ankle re-taped, then returned to play and reeled off eight consecutive games to seal a 6-0, 6-0 dress-down of an ...

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