It was a surreal scene earlier today at Wimbledon when 5-time champions Serena and Venus Williams took the court to face Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegle in the second round.
After losses in singles, the sisters stuck around in search of a sixth Wimbledon title, but during the warm-up things look awfully wrong.
Struggling with her balance, Serena could barely catch the balls from the ballboys. She couldn’t hit a volley over the net and she could hardly serve.
Following a lengthy 15 minute discussion with medical officials, Serena decided to go ahead with the match. But down 2-0 when it came time for her to serve Serena’s health and disorientation hadn’t improved.
The match was stopped thereafter.
Here’s how it ended:
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Serena officialy retired with a viral illness.
“Unfortunately Serena has been feeling unwell for the past few days and she just couldn’t play to her potential today,” Venus Williams said in a statement. “I’m really proud of her for trying because we just love playing doubles together. We are looking forward to coming back to Wimbledon next year.”
“I am heartbroken I’m not able to continue in the tournament,” Serena said. “I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me. I want to thank my sister, Kristina, Stefanie and our teams for their support. We were all looking forward to a great match. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of the fans for their cheers and understanding.
“I look forward to returning to Wimbledon next year.”
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