Before the injury occurred, Williams was leading in the first set three to one. Entering the fifth game of the first set, she slipped on the court and needed to take a medical break, trying to return to the game the American player again dropped to her knees after the first set became three a piece.
The seven time singles Wimbledon champion was then forced to retire as she couldn’t continue through the pain and took to Instagram to update fans on her condition. “I was heartbroken to have to withdraw today after injuring my right leg,” said Serena. She further added her gratitude to the fans saying, “My love and gratitude are with the fans and the team who make being on centre court so meaningful.” See full post below.
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Her opponent in the first round, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, spoke on the outcome of the game saying. “Of course I’m sad for Serena; she’s a great champion,” adding, “It happens sometimes in tennis, but all the best for her and her recovery.” ESPN report.
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