Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Wimbledon Doubles Tournament After Health Scare
Serena Williams held hands with her sister Venus as the two walked off Court 1 yesterday at the Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis tournament. The pair had to forfeit their match after Serena fell ill, appearing, according to The New York Times, to be “disoriented and adrift.”
She began displaying symptoms during their warm up, and had to be visited by the doctors who took her blood pressure and tested her basic coordination. The top-ranked player in the world — and one the best tennis players in the history of the game — had trouble simply catching balls tossed to her by the ball boys and hitting over the net.
After fighting through the first three games, and going down 3-0, the sisters retired from the match. It’s reported Serena has a viral illness.
Three hours after the match, Serena released the following statement:
I am heartbroken that I’m not able to continue the tournament. 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.
She and her sister Venus have won the Wimbledon doubles championship five times. Both Williams sisters were ousted from the tournament during week one, with Serena losing to number 25 seed Alize Cornet.
Serena posted the photo above on her Instagram page just this morning. We hope she’s resting well and will be back on the court in time for the US Open next month.