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Off-colour Williams comes out fighting

Published 05/06/2015 | 02:30

Serena Williams looked unwell throughout her match with Timea Bacsinszky but still went on to claim victory
Serena Williams looked unwell throughout her match with Timea Bacsinszky but still went on to claim victory

Serena Williams's health and gamesmanship were the subjects on everyone's lips at the French Open after the ailing World No 1 beat Swiss Timea Bacsinszky in the semi-finals.

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Williams prevailed 4-6 6-3 6-0, recovering from a set and a break down despite looking unwell throughout, wrapping iced towels around her neck and ending the post-match on-court interview because of a coughing fit.

The American won the last 10 games after falling 3-2 down in the second set.

Walking back to her chair at snail's pace at every change of ends and looking subdued, the 2002 and 2013 Roland Garros champion did not appear to be in good shape but her Swiss opponent had no issues.

"Sometimes I know that she was taking a bit more time, but I never really thought she was doing it on purpose to destabilise me," Bacsinszky told a news conference.

"Why would she do this? I didn't really have the feeling she was doing it to try and destabilise me, something mean, no."

Williams skipped the post-match news conference, issuing a statement to explain she had been "unwell for a few days".

Irish Independent

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