Venus Williams was overcome with emotion following two separate injuries as she crashed out during the second round of the Australian Open.

Venus Williams was overcome with emotion following two separate injuries as she crashed out during the second round of the Australian Open.

Williams, 40, was defeated 6-1, 6-0 by Italy’s Sara Errani, in a match that was nothing short of courageous from the seven-time Grand Slam winner.

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Williams during the second set could barely move after injuries to her right ankle and left knee forced her to soldier on and play out the match rather than retire hurt.

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The seven-time major winner was trailing 1-5 in the opening set when she landed awkwardly on her ankle as she approached the net for a volley.

She fought back tears before receiving treatment on the ankle, and then her left knee, which was also troubling her.

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Williams gamely tried to continue, hobbling between points and tapping in second serves at around 100 kph (62mph). But she couldn’t threaten Errani, a speedy, defensive player who made Williams run with drop shots, volleys and lobs.

The 40-year-old Williams was the oldest woman in the draw. She was making her 21st appearance at the Australian Open — the most among active players — and her 88th Grand Slam main draw appearance — the most among women in the Open era.

– with AP

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