Injured Serena Williams holds closed training session

Hundreds of spectators were ten-deep around court 17 until it became clear that the five-time Australian champion would not be making an appearance. Instead, she was hitting balls indoors.

updated: January 16, 2013 12:42 IST
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Melbourne: Serena Williams held a closed indoor training session at the Australian Open on Wednesday, increasing speculation about her fitness after she painfully rolled her ankle on court.

The world number three and hot tournament favourite twisted her right ankle during a 6-0, 6-0 demolition of Romania's Edina Gallovits-Hall in her opening round clash on Tuesday.

The defiant 15-time Grand Slam champion claimed only a "fatal" injury would prevent her contesting the second round against Spain's Garbine Muguruza on Thursday.

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