Serena Williams’s injury woes continued Tuesday in Wuhan, China. During her opening round match against Alize Cornet, the World No. 1 had to receive medical attention on court. After her temperature and blood pressure were taken, Serena retired leading 6-5 in the first set.
Tour organizers cited the reason for Serena’s retirement as a “viral illness”. Serena infamously also retired with a similar illness at Wimbledon earlier this year.
The US Open champion was then taken to the hospital for precaution.
“I’m sorry to all the fans in Wuhan that I had to retire from my match against Alizé today,” Serena said in a statement. “I felt dizzy and nauseous in the first set and unfortunately couldn’t continue. But the tournament organizers have done an amazing job preparing the facilities for this year’s event.
“I really hope to come back to the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in 2015.”
Serena is scheduled to play in Beijing next week. Entering today she had won 19 of her last 20 matches since losing to Cornet at Wimbledon.
Serena turns 33 on Friday.
Video of what happened is here (forward to the 6 minute mark):
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