Serena Williams’ Wimbledon has come to an unfortunate early ending. The American tennis star suffered a leg injury in her first-round matchup against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Serena Williams’ Wimbledon has come to an unfortunate early ending. The American tennis star suffered a leg injury in her first-round matchup against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Serena Williams receives a standing ovation from the crowd at Wimbledon Williams was forced to retire in the first round of after sustaining an apparent injury. The grass at Wimbledon has drawn quite a bit of attention during the first two days of the tournament, especially on Centre Court.
Plenty of players have been slipping on the surface, as rain has made the courts unusually slick. Several tennis stars have spoken about the issue. Men’s world No. 1 Novak Djokovic joked about the conditions on the court after his four-set win over Jack Draper. Roger Federer’s match, which took place immediately before WIlliams’, was also affected by a slip.
The No. 6 player in the tournament emerged with a victory after his opponent, Adrian Mannarino, retired ahead of the fifth set. Even despite that, Federer was in shock after Williams’ early exit. “Oh my God, I can’t believe it,” Federer said after he was told of the news at his press conference, per Mike McIntyre.
Meanwhile, other devastated tennis fans took to Twitter to send their well wishes to Williams — and to let Wimbledon know about the problems that their slick grass is causing. We’ll soon see if the conditions improve at Wimbledon, but with Williams out for the tournament, the damage has already been done.