Serena Williams is out after injuring her ankle in a first-round match. She was trailing Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 6-4, 3-0 when the injury occurred.
Williams had said before the tournament that she planned to play every match this year's edition of Wimbledon despite being ranked No. 2 behind Angelique Kerber. The American has won the past six Grand Slam titles and is looking to become the first woman to win the career Grand Slam title.
After missing the entire season due to pregnancy, Williams returned at the beginning of 2019 and looked sharp during her comeback campaign. The 34-year-old reached the final of the Australian Open before losing to Naomi Osaka. She then went on to win the French Open and US Open championships to complete what would be her second Career Golden Slam.
In other news, Williams' mother, Oracene Price, has passed away at the age of 64. Price died on July 26 in Florida where she lived while her daughter played in the Wimbledon tennis tournament each year. The two were very close and Serena often credited her mom for helping her achieve so much in life.
Serena Williams, the seven-time Wimbledon champion, was forced to retire from her match and the tournament on Tuesday due to injuries. Williams, who just revealed she will not compete in the Olympics, walked on court wearing a sling over her right leg. She told the crowd through an interpreter that she was "very disappointed" in herself for falling early in the first game of her match against German player Angelique Kerber.
The 23-year-old American had been expected to play in her second Olympic tennis event since winning gold in Beijing four years ago. But she announced after the first set that she was unable to continue because of a stomach virus and a knee injury that required surgery last year. "It's with a heavy heart that I announce I'm retiring from the women's singles at the age of 24," Williams said in a statement released by the International Tennis Federation. The two-time Grammy winner has won six Grand Slam titles during her career: three at the French Open, one at the US Open and two at Wimbledon.
She also has five Olympic gold medals, having competed in all events except the 400-meter relay. In the 2012 London Games, she became the first woman to win the gold medal in three different events when she captured the singles title as well as the doubles with partner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Serena Williams of the United States resigned from her first round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday due to an injury, eliminating her bid to tie the record for most Grand Slam event wins by a woman by winning this year's tournament. The 23-year-old American was trailing Japan's Kaori Icho 6-4, 3-1 when she left the court during a changeover break in the third set.
Williams had been playing well before she left the court. She took a medical timeout after the second game of the third set and did not return. Her sister, Venus, who was also competing at Wimbledon, went on to lose in three sets as well.
"I'm really sorry, but something happened with my body that doesn't feel right," Serena said in a video posted on Twitter. "So, I will be sitting out today's match against Japan's Kaori Icho."
This is the first time in over two years that Serena has missed a Grand Slam event. In 2016, she suffered multiple injuries including a torn ACL, MCL, and LCL in her knee. She returned in 2017 to win the Australian Open for a record-breaking seventh time.
However, this year she didn't qualify for the French Open or the Olympics.
Serena Williams pulled out of the Australian Open warm-up tournament due to a shoulder ailment. Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne before of her semifinal due to a right shoulder ailment. The American was expected to face Daria Gavrilova in the first match on day one but has decided to skip the event.
Williams has been struggling with multiple injuries this year and had to drop out of tournaments including the French Open and Wimbledon before recovering to reach the final at the US Open last month. She is the most successful player in the history of the Open era with 23 Grand Slam titles to her name. The 31-year-old American won her first Grand Slam title at the 1999 US Open while still a teenager.
In other news, Vasek Pospisil and Donald Young have been eliminated from the men's singles after losing their first round matches. Pospisil was beaten by Thanasi Kokkinakis 3-6 7-5 6-4 and Young was defeated by Jiri Vesely 7-5 5-7 6-4. In the women's singles, Kristina Mladenovic advanced to the second round after defeating Christina McHale 6-3 6-4.
She was just 34 minutes into her opening round match when she dropped onto the court in discomfort while returning a shot from Belarusian opponent Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Wimbledon officials revealed following Williams' withdrawal that she had slipped on the grass at Center Court and suffered an injury. She will be replaced in the draw by current No. 2 Angelique Kerber.
Williams has been suffering from a series of health problems over the past year, including depression and shoulder pain. In April, the American lost her bid for a second consecutive time to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final. Her career record against Sasnovich is also worth mentioning here: It consists of 17 wins and five losses.
The news of Serena's withdrawal from the tournament came as a surprise to many, considering how far she had come in her career. At the age of 35, she still holds many records including the most Grand Slam titles (twenty-one). Moreover, she had been playing excellent tennis up until recently. In fact, she was scheduled to face No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the first round of Wimbledon this year.
But it appears that these records will now be held by Kerber since she will get to play in the place of Serena Williams next month. The German player beat Sasnovich 6-4 6-3 to advance to the second round where she will meet Australia's Ashleigh Barty.
Serena Williams is far from finished. After her painful loss to Naomi Osaka in the 2021 Australian Open semifinal, there was talk that Williams' remarkable streak was coming to an end. Receive push notifications with news, features, and other information. Log in or sign up for free. Access all our content online without subscription fees.
But just a year after her mother died, Williams is back at the top of her game. In fact, she's once again ranked No. 1 in the world as of January 2020. And with her sister Venus also returning to the top 100 this year, it looks like things are going well for Serena and her family.
However, even with her success recently, Williams still has plenty of work to do if she wants to regain the title of "greatest female tennis player of all time". She's currently behind Margaret Court on the all-time wins list (Court won 22 titles during her career) and another two players - Monica Seles and Evert - have more overall victories than Williams.
Furthermore, although Williams has won 11 Grand Slam singles titles so far in her career, three other women (Court, Seles, and Evert) have won 12 or more majors each. So she has a long way to go if she wants to catch these other players!