Serena Williams Smashes Lip with Racket During 2nd Round Win at Australian Open

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 17, 2013

The seldom-used advice of "stop hitting yourself" really could have come in handy for Serena Williams who smacked some tooth out of her face at the Australian Open

A tip of the hat to BuzzFeed Sports who posted this video with a tweet that proclaimed the tennis star lost some tooth on Thursday.

Serena Williams hit herself in the face with a racket and chipped a tooth today at the Australian Open youtube.com/watch?v=sYeip9…

— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) January 17, 2013

You see Williams fly to the right to slam a volley off 19-year-old Garbine Muguruza in her second-round match. 

That's when the ball flies well over head and Williams stands in the corner, obviously in pain. 

The replay shows Williams put everything she had into her hit, only to follow through right into her lip. It's hardly the thing that was needed for an athlete already playing on a bum ankle. 

CNN reports on the eventual win by Williams, 6-2 6-0, but fails to mention a tooth was lost. Even Williams herself seems to think she averted disaster, stating, "so, yeah, I was like, 'Oh, no. I can't have a tooth fall out.' That would be horrible."

So perhaps she didn't chip a tooth after all, but she certainly received the bad side of a smashed volley. Still, it seems her ankle is holding up and so is her lip. 

Things are going as well as they can at the Australian Open. 

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