Serena Williams wasn’t giving herself any lip as she beat Garbine Muguruza, a 19-year-old Spaniard, 6-2, 6-0, in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday — she was just hitting it.
You have to produce a very strange follow-through on your forehand to hit yourself in the mouth with your racket, but never underestimate Serena’s ability to find new ways of hurting herself. After the cut foot in Munich, which remains a bit of mystery, and all the rolled ankles, we now have an injury that puts Williams firmly in the category of "accident-prone."
“Just busted wide open,” Serena replied when asked about her lip, acknowledging that the strike drew blood. “I was like, ‘Oh, no, I can’t have a tooth fall out.' That would be horrible.”
She professed to not understand how it happened.