Posted by Casey on July 2, 2007
At Wimbledon, Serena Williams went down with what looked like a severe cramp in her match against Daniela Hantuchova. Williams won the first set 6-2 and was tied 5-5 in the second set. After being attended to for ten minutes, she managed to get back to her feet. She let Hantuchova finish serving the game and win. She came out of the timeout with the calf tightly wrapped and won the next game with sheer power and determination. The last point an ace and a loud scream.
Everyone was praying for the imminent rain to begin. As Mary Carillo put it, “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I wish it’d start raining at Wimbledon.” To which John McEnroe responded, “Well said, Mary.”
Serena limped around the court for the tiebeaker and mercifully the rain started. Maybe for the first time in Wimbledon history the crowd actually applauded and cheered the coming of the rain.
She came back three hours later in sweat pants to keep the calf warm and won the match 6-2, 6-7, 6-2.