Serena Williams to Play Swedish Open After Wimbledon Early Exit


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Serena Williams has confirmed that she will play the Swedish Open, according to tournament director Nina Wennerstrom.

On Tuesday Williams exited her doubles match at Wimbledon mid-match due to a viral illness that left her shaky and feeling faint.

In what was widely referred to as a "strange" scene, Williams appeared to be disoriented during warm-ups, having difficulty picking up, tossing, and hitting balls.

After sitting on the sideline with her sister Venus, with whom she was to play the doubles match, and Wimbledon personnel, Williams began the match but withdrew following the third game.

“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,” she said in a statement later that day.

Williams says she's getting better, albeit slowly:

The Collector Swedish Open opens July 14 in Bastad, Sweden.

Williams will be defending her title in the upcoming tournament. Last July she defeated Sweden's tennis darling Johanna Larsson in the final round, marking her first international-level title.

Following her 2013 win, Williams said:

"It's been such a great experience here ... when I wake up I see the ocean - it reminds me a little bit of home ... it's just a really, really good feeling to have such a great city at your fingertips, and everything a player could possibly need is at your fingertips as well."

Bastad is located on the southwest coast of Sweden near the straits of Kattegat, midway between the cities of Halmstad and Helsingborg.

Indeed Williams is no stranger to coastal towns. When she was an infant her family moved from her birthplace of Saginaw, MI to Compton, CA which is located just south of Los Angeles. When she was nine-years-old they relocated to West Palm Beach, FL.

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