A frightening moment during her Australian Open quarterfinal against No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday put that maxim to the test.
She played through the pain, but never recovered in the match, winning only one more game in the 7-5, 6-1 loss.
Kuzentsova said later she thought she had reinjured the right knee that had kept her off the tour for six months last year. It was the first major layoff of her career _ ending her run of 40 straight Grand Slam appearances.
“I was really scared because I almost broke it again,” said the Russian, whose ranking has slipped to 75th. “My knee went backward, the same way, exactly. It was like millimeters, very close, so I (thought) I broke it again the same way I did.”
Even though she lost, the 27-year-old Kuznetsova never imagined being back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam so soon after the injury. The time off definitely did her some good _ she feels refreshed and can see playing for several more years.
“I never had a thought of stopping tennis,” she said. “I always loved (the sport), but I wanted to have this desire to bring me back. This is what happened.”
ON THE BEACH: Mike and Bob Bryan have one more Olympics left in them at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Then they plan to stop playing and maybe relax.
The Bryan brothers have little left to accomplish on the tennis court. They’ve won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles, finished No. 1 for eight of the past 10 years and competed in three Olympic Games, winning gold last year in London.
But the chance to defend that gold will keep them in the sport for three more years.
“I think that’s where we see the finish line. We’ll be 38. We’d like to maybe go out at that spot,” Mike Bryan says. “And then we’ll sail off into the sunset.”
“Maybe just stay in Rio for the rest of our lives,” Bob said. “Check into a motel on the beach and drink some margaritas.”
The Bryans stayed on track for a possible 13th Grand Slam doubles title by beating Daniele Bracciali and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3, 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open.
They’ll face the Italian team of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini for a chance to play in their fifth straight Australian Open final.View Entire Story
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