Serena Williams battling flu ahead of French Open final
Published 05/06/2015 | 18:45
Illness prevented Serena Williams from practising on the eve of the French Open final and the world number one admitted she faces a race against time to get fit for Saturday's showpiece against Lucie Safarova.
The American looked completely out of sorts during her three-set semi-final win over Swiss outsider Timea Bacsinszky and said she "collapsed" once she walked off court on Thursday.
"I started to feel unwell around the third or fourth round and I felt really terrible during the semis against Timea," said Williams, who has been battling a bout of flu.
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"I'm actually not sure how I got through the match and when it was over I just kind of collapsed. I couldn't move."
Williams, who will be chasing a 20th singles grand slam title on Saturday, is favourite to win her third French Open crown but knows her fitness could be an issue.
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"I saw the tournament doctor on site and since I came home I have been resting, I just could not practise today," added the 33-year-old, who coughed and spluttered throughout the semi-final.
"I think I have some kind of flu which makes it tough because it's just a matter of resting and keeping hydrated -- there's not much else I can do.
"I felt really cold so I am just fighting that, trying to sweat it out. A doctor is coming to see me... and we'll see if he can help... but I don't think there's anything.
"It's just time. I need time and obviously don't have a lot of it."
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Looking ahead to meeting the Czech 13th seed, who has reached the final without dropping a set while Williams has survived four three-setters, the world number one added: "Lucie has been in great form here.
"I know I'm going to have to play really well to win but, at this point, I just want to get better.
"It's hard to think about the match or winning a grand slam title right now. It's very upsetting that I feel so lousy right now."