Apparently the appearance fee justified a plane trip to Spain and back, as injured world No. 1 Serena Williams lost first round on Wednesday at the WTA Tour’s Andalucia Tennis Experience tournament in Marbella, Spain.
Last Thursday the younger Williams injured herself in the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, limping through the final set of a win over sister Venus. Two days later she played the final against Victoria Azarenka with a heavily-wrapped thigh, limping to a quick loss.
Rarely one to play injured, Williams nonetheless flew to Spain, today losing 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to No. 95-ranked Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic on the red clay, against limping around with a heavily-wrapped thigh.
Williams was the top seed at Marbella this week, which also includes Serb Jelena Jankovic.
The injured Williams lost to Azarenka 6-3, 6-1 in the Miami final, and now has a rare two-match losing streak going into next week’s Family Circle Cup in Charleston where she is scheduled to appear.
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