It’s a sad moment for a veteran player who started to get back into the motions and had a focus to compete on that high level again. Serena Williams covered her mouth and bit her upper lip in a way to try to hold back tears. She knew that she wouldn’t be able to continue in this year’s Wimbledon. Here are the highlights:
- During the first set of her first-round match at Wimbledon, she hurt her right leg when losing her footing behind a baseline. Her legs buckled as she tried to change directions going after a shot by her opponent, 100th-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
- At that moment Williams dropped to her knees and used her racket to help her stand as she limped to the net to concede.
- She was heartbroken to have to withdraw from the competition.
- However, the wave of support she got when she walked on and off the court warmed her up and touched her heart.
- Sasnovich said it was a sad story to see the great champion go through this at the moment.
- Williams was leading 3-1 but it all went downhill when her left shoe seemed to lose traction while she hit a forehand. She went to go visit the trainer and ask for a medical timeout. After the chair umpire checked on her, they walked up to the net and she stopped play.
- Other players such as Roger Federer, Adrian Mannarino, and Novak Djokovic all had their issues with the slick spots on the grass. Federer said that it does feel a bit slippery and you have to move very carefully on that surface because pushing at the wrong time would cause you to go down.
- Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Williams says “you can’t win them all.” It’s just another challenge she’ll have to deal with, but she welcomes it.