Sunday 4 December 2016

In brief: Williams to be out for a year

Tennis

Published 10/03/2011 | 05:00

Serena Williams still has blood clots in her lungs but hopes to return to tennis this summer after recovering from a pulmonary embolism, which she called the "scariest moment in my life".

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"I had a lot of swelling in my leg, which really is a telltale sign of an embolism, and I could not breathe," Williams said.

Her absence from tennis could stretch to almost a year from when she won the Wimbledon title last July.

Williams has twice had surgery on her right foot since cutting it on glass at a restaurant shortly after Wimbledon.

Her comeback has been delayed repeatedly by complications from the injury. The second surgery was in late October, and she said she spent 10 weeks in a cast and 10 weeks in a walking boot.

Doctors told Williams that her inactivity, the surgery and some long airline flights she took are risk factors for blood clots.

Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton talked down his Formula One title chances yesterday, describing the new McLaren car as a let-down that was still some way off being a winner.

The 2008 world champion made clear that McLaren had missed a trick and were playing catch-up, with time running out before the start of the season.

"Do I believe I have a car to win the world championship at the moment? I don't. No," the 26-year-old said after a difficult day in the car at the final pre-season test in Barcelona.

Boxing

David Oliver Joyce will renew acquaintances with AIBA world champion Domenico Valentino when Istanbul host Milano Thunder (Milan) in the World Series of Boxing tomorrow night.

Joyce, who is signed with Istanbul, beat the Italian lightweight 8-4 in an Ireland versus Italy international at the Donegal Celtic club in Belfast in March 2010.

Following Joyce's win, Italy abandoned the match with seven bouts remaining.

Meanwhile, Joyce's Irish team-mate Tommy McCarthy will line out for Milano Thunder against Istanbul's German heavyweight Enrico Kolling.

If the Italians lose and John Joe Nevin's Paris United beat Moscow's Kremlin Bears on the same night, then the Parisians will qualify for the WSB Team Championships semi-finals.

Meanwhile, the National Youth 1 & 2 and Boy/Girl 4 Championships resume tomorrow and Saturday at the National Stadium with semi-finals and finals.

Irish Independent

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