Injured Serena Advances

Williams advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals despite painful cramping, rain delays
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 2, 2007 5:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – Serena Williams collapsed with a cramped calf during her fourth round match at Wimbledon Centre Court today. But the rain delays which have hobbled this year's tourney came to her rescue—officials paused the contest against Slovak Daniela Hantuchova minutes later, offering the American time to recover, and ultimately to pull off a 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 victory.

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The match was eventful to the last: Williams, who had been heavily hydrating to relieve her cramp, was denied a bathroom break in the third set. The 26-year old is in quest of her third Wimbledon singles title, though her injury is likely to keep her from this year's doubles competition with sister Venus. (Read more Serena Williams stories.)

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