Fans attack Errani for using 'evil' drop shots against injured Venus Williams in Aus Open win
Her actions sparked fierce criticism online after fans said it was merciless to make such shots against a player who could barely move on the court.
The 40-year-old Williams, who went into the match with her left knee taped, sprained her ankle towards the end of the first set, which she lost 1-6.
The multiple Grand Slam winner could hardly hold back the tears while limping off the court and onto the bench before calling for medical assistance.
She needed back-to-back medical timeouts to receive treatment for both her right ankle and left knee.
Battling through the pain, Williams returned to the court, visibly hobbling between points. The US tennis legend soldiered on, earning praise from tennis fans and pundits who expressed admiration for her determination and bravery.
Errani eventually won the match 6-1, 6-0, earning her first match point with a drop shot that Williams didn’t even attempt to reach.
Her actions angered Williams’ fans, who thought she could have had more sympathy towards her injured opponent.
“I forgot how much I HATE Sara Errani’s game,” one user fumed.
I forgot how much I HATE Sara Errani's game.— We love you, Venus💝 (@Vee16Queen) February 10, 2021
“The drop shot from Errani irritated me,” another person said.
The drop shot from Errani irritated me— NEXT GEN TENNIS STAN (@onscocoleylah) February 10, 2021
“Errani - you ass with that drop shot!” another comment read.
Errani - you ass with that drop shot!— Bruthas on Tennis (@Bruthasontennis) February 10, 2021
"The drop shot is a smart shot from Errani, but..."
The drop shot is a smart shot from Errani, but...— Matt Dowell (@TheMattDowell) February 10, 2021
"Errani still managing to lose the points, even though Venus can hardly move. Errani drop shot next point, evil but [hey] it's tennis"
Errani still managing to lose the points, even though Venus can hardly move. Errani drop shot next point, evil but her it's tennis 🙄— Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) February 10, 2021
Errani progressed to the third round, where she will face Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan.