Originally Posted by tennisdad65
Mentally Serena is about as tough as anyone I have ever seen. My top 2 would be Nadal and Serena in terms of mental toughness, and I have been watching tennis since Borg's early days.
The ankle swelling is what did her in mentally though. She likely knew she would never get past Azarenka on one days rest and a bad ankle.
Exactly my thoughts. But I still wonder if a Nadal or Federer would've lost this match. Maybe the pain was just too bad but it seemed she didn't really want
to fight it anymore. For someone considered a Mental Mountain that surprised me a bit.