Serena Williams was out of her game on Saturday. During the warm up for her doubles match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Vögele, she looked disoriented and had trouble picking up the tennis balls.
On Saturday, Williams said that she did not know what she did wrong, referring to her loss to Alize Cornet. “Usually I do. Usually I know I did this, this and that.” Lindsey Davenport told BBC that talks in the locker room are different now. “The general consensus in the locker room is they have a chance now, and it wasn’t like that a few years ago,” she said.
Serena Williams seemed wobbly and disoriented on the court.
Soon after the warm-up, doctors visited Williams on the court to check her blood pressure. A shaky and teary-eyed Williams said that she felt faint. Her sister Venus was by her side looking concerned. Despite her condition, Williams decided to play. In the middle of the match, however, an announcement came saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately, Miss Williams has to retire.”
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According to the referee’s office, William’s reason for withdrawal was a viral illness. In a statement, Williams said, “I am heartbroken I’m not able to continue in the tournament. I thought I could rally this morning because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me.”
Williams also thanked her fans for the support they gave her despite her withdrawal. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of the fans for their cheers and understanding. I look forward to returning to Wimbledon next year,” she said.
Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou said that he did not know what Williams’ ailment was and he said that he had not seen her for two days before she entered the court.
Nearly two hours after her withdrawal, Williams was seen walking to a tournament van with Mouratoglou.
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