Serena Williams had to retire from Wimbledon in the middle of a match due to a viral illness that kept the tennis star unsteady while on the court.
Appearing unsteady on her feet, Serena Williams had to call it quits while playing a tennis match due to a reported viral illness that struck the fan-favorite athlete.
Williams, who is currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis, had one of her worst days on Tuesday when she had to retire from Wimbledon in the middle of a game. The tennis star was playing her first-round doubles match with her sister Venus when she looked unwell and fumbled her serves.
Prior to starting the game against Germany’s Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, medics were called to the court when Williams seemed disoriented and unsteady on her feet, E! News reported. Williams was seen crying with her hands over her face, but the match went on as planned.
However, just three games in, Williams kept hitting bad double faults and badly fumbled her serves. Ultimately, the umpire called on her for a consult and then announced to the crowd that the trophy-winning athlete was stepping out of the game. “Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately, Miss Williams has to retire.”
Wiping away tears as she walked off the court, Williams had to give up on the game she was already hesitant on participating in since losing to France’s Alize Cornet last Saturday.
“I suck right now at doubles,” she said before Tuesday’s ill-fated game. “I told Venus the other day I don’t even want to play because I’m so bad right now.”
Following the bizarre game-quitting incident, SI Tennis tweeted that Williams had been diagnosed with a “viral illness.” Meanwhile, Williams’ other sister, Isha Price, told USA Today that the tennis champ had been “sad” and “emotional” after her loss to Cornet, and hadn’t been eating well since.