Serena Williams Breaks Down In Tears After Retiring From Wimbledon Injured
Serena Williams' grand plans to win Wimbledon and ride off into the sunset have ended in, well, tears.
The 39-year-old has been forced to retire from the prestigious tournament after suffering a nasty ankle injury during her first round clash against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Williams was attempting to change directions and side-step towards a backhand shot when her ankle appeared to give way.
She let out a big scream as she winced in pain and fell to the hollowed Centre Court turf.
Visibly uncomfortable, even the Wimbledon spectators let out a gasp.
The 24-time Grand Slam singles winner received medical attention on the side of the court but decided that enough was enough and officially retired from the competition shortly after.
Williams, whom many believe could retire anytime soon, gave one last final wave to the crowd before walking off the court in tears.
Understandably she was very emotional and therefore decided to skip her post-match press conference.
Instead, she took to social media to have her say.
"I was heartbroken to have to withdraw today after injuring my right leg," Williams wrote in an Instagram post.
"My love and gratitude are with the fans and the team who make being on Centre Court so meaningful.
"Feeling the extraordinary warmth and support of the crowd today when I walked on - and off - the court meant the world to me."
In the wake of Williams' heartbreaking withdrawal, some of tennis' biggest stars offered their support and love for one of the game's greats.
"I turned away," Williams' fellow compatriot Coco Gauff said.
"I was in the gym actually stretching. I turned away because stuff like that makes me, like, really emotional.
"I wish that hopefully she can have a speedy recovery. Yeah, you could tell she was really emotional.
"Nobody ever wants to retire, but especially at a Grand Slam, a place as special as Wimbledon after waiting two years to come back."
Fan favourite Roger Federer also reached out.
"This is obviously terrible that it's back-to-back matches and it hits Serena as well," Federer said.
"Oh, my God, I can't believe it."
Brutal for @serenawilliams but centre court is extremely slippy out there. Not easy to move out there.- Andy Murray (@andy_murray) June 29, 2021
Elsewhere, former Wimbledon winner Andy Murray suggested the surface itself could have played a role in Williams' devastating injury.
He tweeted: "Brutal for Serena Williams but centre court is extremely slippy out there. Not easy to move out there."
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