Serena Williams claims Australian Open delay has helped with achilles recovery

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Serena Williams has revealed she may not have been able to play the Australian Open had it not been delayed due to Covid-19.

The 23-time grand slam singles champion withdrew prior to her second-round match at the French Open last October with an achilles injury she suffered at the US Open, and the problem took longer than expected to heal.

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