Resurgent Aussie tennis star Daria Saville’s classy response to devastating ACL injury blow


Daria Saville’s tennis boom was stifled by another serious injury.

The Australian confirmed on Wednesday that she tore her ACL at a WTA event in Tokyo.

Saville suffered the same knee injury in 2013 and only that year had fully recovered from a debilitating foot problem that she had battled for two years to climb back into the world top 60.

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“Cruciate ligament tear. 2013 flashbacks,” she tweeted.

“By the way, don’t worry about me. I feel bad that everyone is so worried. I’m okay, I promise. It’s just lucky shit.”

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Saville was injured in her first-round match with Naomi Osaka.

In the second game Saville cried out in pain after playing a short forehand and collapsed on the pitch in despair, clutching her left knee.

She was able to walk away after some treatment but didn’t risk going ahead, shaking hands with Osaka after just 11 points.

Naomi Osaka rushed over to help Daria Saville. Recognition: Robert Prange/Getty Images
Scans have since confirmed a cruciate ligament rupture. Recognition: AP

Saville had risen to world No. 55 after starting the season at No. 419 and reached her first WTA final in almost five years in August.

The 28-year-old now faces another long recovery period which will see her miss the Australian Open.

Osaka, who unluckily ended a four-game losing streak, have had their own injury woes this year with Achilles tendon and back problems and the former world No. 1 had not won a game since early August.

“I just wanted to wish you the best,” the current world No. 48 said in a social media video message to Saville.

“I just want to let you know that you are one of the funniest people on tour and I still remember all the nice things you said to me at the French Open this year.

“I want you to know that I wish you the best. I hope it’s not a serious injury at all and you get back on your feet because I know you’re good at it.”

In the opening match of Wednesday’s schedule, world No. 12 Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrated a 6-4, 6-2 win over Greece’s Despina Papamichail.

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