Melbourne: Serena Williams moved one match closer to making more tennis history at the Australian Open, but her bigger struggle might be just getting out of bed.
Coughing, spluttering and croaking, she gutted out her best win of the tournament by dominating the 2014 finalist Dominika Cibulkova from start to finish, winning their quarter-final 6-2, 6-2 in just an hour-and-a-quarter. Her intensity was no doubt informed by the debilitating effects of the virus that has been with her for most of the fortnight.
Barely able to talk, she said in her courtside interview, “I’m just happy to come through. I don’t have anything to lose.”