Serena Williams has to retire from Wimbledon due to an injury
A devastated Serena Williams had to retire from Wimbledon during her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich because she suffered an ankle injury. This is a horrible turn of events for Serena because she wanted to have a good run at Wimbledon.
Williams just barely started her bid to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam win but it all came crashing down after a few sets. When she was up 3-2, Williams was in pain during her serve and it got worse when she took a break. It was clear she looked worse for wear at the end of the game.
Williams was not the only player who had an injury scare because Roger Federer lucked out with a win in the ATP Tour side of the event. He was losing to Adrian Mannarino but the Frenchman gave up on his win because he suffered a lower leg injury after slipping on the wet court. As a result, Fed took the win and made the next round.
This was supposed to be Williams’ chance to win another title because her young rival Naomi Osaka decided to skip the event. Naomi has grown into becoming Williams’ weakness since the upstart has a leg up on her.
After the match, Williams talked about how bad this loss is to her.
‘I was heartbroken to have to withdraw today after injuring my right leg’, she said. ‘My love and gratitude are with the fans and the team who make being on centre court so meaningful. Feeling the extraordinary warmth and support of the crowd today when I walked on – and off – the court meant the world to me’.
This is Williams’ third-straight defeat at Wimbledon after she lost to Angelique Kerber in 2018 and the loss to Simona Halep in 2019. Injuries were tough but in this 2021 run, Williams looked better than her past few runs. She looked healthy and ready but it quickly fell through.
You can expect Williams to stay strong amidst this injury since she’s still one of the most resilient athletes in the world.
Words: Cholo Martin