After appearing groggy and losing her footing the world No.1 has withdrawn from Wimbledon. Serena Williams suffered a shock exit from singles competition at Wimbledon over the weekend and was unable to continue her doubles match with sister Venus.
Tuesday’s match began with trainers attending to Serena prior to taking the court, prompting questions about her health entering the day. This was coupled with an uncharacteristic attempt at serve that saw Serena lose her footing, then serve short.
It’s unclear whether an injury has been hampering Serena that has previously gone unreported. Her collapse against Alize Coronet represented a lack of consistency, routinely failing to make her first serves and giving up numerous points on unforced errors.
Serena was pensive following her singles exit, where she talked more about her mental game than any physical issues. “I don’t really know what I did wrong,” said Williams, whose sister Venus lost Friday. “Usually I do. Usually I know I did this, this, and that.”
Early reports from Wimbledon indicate that the umpire stepped in and told Williams to retire from the match due to a lack of balance and grogginess on the court. There has been no announcement on her condition at this time. I hope she gets well soon.