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China vsAustralia. Premininary round, Day3 of the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in Ostrava, Czech Republic. 25 September 2010. game: 25 september - match: China vs Australia city: Ostrava Photo: herv?? Bellenger/Castoria/FIBA

PHOENIX (Olympics/FIBA World Championship for Women) - There are many “what ifs” in sports, especially when it comes to injuries.

What if Australia, for example, had had Penny Taylor at the London Games instead of losing one of their lynchpins to a serious knee injury during the EuroLeague Women Final Eight at the end of March?

Taylor got hurt in the second quarter of Fener’s win over arch rivals Galatasaray in Istanbul on 29 March and was lost not only for the remainder of the season, but the Olympics, too.

The Opals showed their toughness and grit by still grabbing a bronze medal in London, but maybe they could have done even better had their superstar Taylor been on the floor.

The 31-year-old Taylor, the MVP of the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women, was playing as well as ever when going down with the injury.

In Phoenix now where she is supporting her WNBA team, the Mercury, and working on rehabilitating her knee, Taylor is feeling positive about her recovery and looking forward to playing again.

“The rehab is going really well,” she said.

“It’s five months since the injury so it's (knee) feeling stronger every day.

“It's been long and it is a bit frustrating at times, but I'm really positive and am seeing progress and I'm looking forward to getting back out there on the court.

“I've started shooting which has been fun and it's really motivated me.

“The running and everything is coming along.”

Taylor’s aim is to be back on the floor and playing again in Europe midway through the season.

“Off season,” she said in an interview with the Phoenix Mercury website, “I'm hoping to take the next few months, get the knee right, get fully 100% fit and feeling good and go and play somewhere for the remaining four months of the season.”

Expect the 1.83m forward to hit top form again and be with the Opals at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey.



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