Serena Williams has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon after suffering a painful injury.
An emotional Serena Williams was forced to retire from her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Wimbledon due to an injury.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who needs just one more title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record, broke her opponent early in the first set before suffering an issue with her thigh, which had already been heavily taped.
The 39-year-old was clearly limping and called for her trainer before leaving the court for a medical evaluation.
When Williams returned, she held back tears while serving at the baseline, with the pain leaving her in no position to continue.
“I’m so sad for Serena. She is a great champion,” said Sasnovich. “It happens sometimes in tennis, but all the best to her.