Aussie Open heat makes Serena Williams paranoid

2014-01-15 10:52

Melbourne – Serena Williams says the heat during the Australian Open was making her paranoid, and she says she is waking up during the night to keep hydrated and avoid cramps.

The world number one played in 40°C conditions and said the thought of it kept her awake overnight after players fainted and vomited in the heat yesterday.

“It was definitely really hot today. I just tried to take it in my stride and do the best that I could,” she said today after cruising into the third round with a straight-sets win over Serbia’s Vesna Dolonc.

Asked if she was doing anything special to prepare for the oven-like conditions, she said: “Just drinking a lot, making sure I stay hydrated.

“I kept waking up in the middle of the night last night, just paranoid. I just wanted to stay hydrated. The last thing I want to do is to cramp in this weather. It can happen so easy. Just drinking a tremendous amount of water.”

Nine players either retired or forfeited their matches yesterday for either heat or fitness-related reasons.

Croatia’s Ivan Dodig became the latest casualty when he pulled out with cramps in the fourth set of his match against Damir Dzumhur today.

“So far I have been okay,” Williams said.

“I have been training for a long, long time in the heat in Florida as well as playing. I have been coming to Melbourne for years and years. So you just have to be ready for those hot conditions and just try to get through it.”

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