Serena Williams, “THE GOAT OF TENNIS”, was forced to retire from first-round Wimbledon match due to injury. get well serena williams, we love you, the u.s. open is all yours, just get there.

Serena Williams, “THE GOAT OF TENNIS”, was forced to retire from first-round Wimbledon match due to injury. get well serena williams, we love you, the u.s. open is all yours, just get there.

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Serena Williams’ hopes of an eighth Wimbledon title are over after an ankle injury forced the world No 8 to retire from her first-round match with Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
a close up of a person on the ball: Wimbledon 2021 – Day Two – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
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The seven-time singles’ winner at the All England Club slipped in the sixth game and left the Centre Court for treatment.

She returned 10 minutes later but after getting emotional at the reception afforded to her by the crowd, the pain was evident on Williams’ face as she tried to serve to her Belarusian opponent.

After the best efforts of the 39-year-old, she had to call it quits and it means her pursuit of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam is again put on hold.

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Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Day 8, The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, UK – 10 Jul 2018

 

 

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Serena Williams will not win her record-tying 24th Grand Slam women’s singles title at Wimbledon this year after withdrawing from the tournament due to injury. 

In the first set of Tuesday’s first-round match on Centre Court against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, Williams slipped on the wet grass and appeared to injure her left ankle.

After taking a time out to get treatment from an athletic trainer, the seven-time Wimbledon singles champion gave it another shot. However, after losing two games, she was unable to continue.

The loss marked the first time Williams has ever failed to win her opening singles match at Wimbledon. Before Tuesday, she had been 19-0 in the first round.

 

Serena Williams falls to the ground during her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
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 Serena Williams falls to the ground during her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.

The No. 6 seed wasn’t fully healthy to begin the tournament. She arrived at Centre Court with both ankles and her right thigh heavily taped. The pain was more obvious after she realized she couldn’t continue. With tears forming in her eyes, she gingerly walked off the court, waved to the fans and accepted condolences from her 27-year-old opponent.

Williams last won the women’s singles title at the All England Club in 2016, though she reached the finals and lost in both 2018 and 2019. The tournament was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles overall, one short of Margaret Court’s modern record.

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