Serena Williams leaves Wimbledon with injury
Coco Gauff, the rising 17-year-old American, was watching television in the Wimbledon gymnasium. She said she had to turn away from the screen.
“It was hard for me to watch that,” Gauff said. “I’m a huge fan of her, although I’m a competitor now. But that’s the reason I started playing tennis. It’s hard to see a player get injured, but especially her.
The chair umpire, Marija Cicak, stepped down from her post and was soon at Williams’ side. They walked together to the net, where Williams retired and shook hands with 100th Sasnovich.
It was the second straight retreat on center court. In the previous match, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino stopped the game at the start of the fifth set against Roger Federer, the eight-time Wimbledon singles champion.
“It’s obviously terrible that these are back-to-back games, and it hits Serena as well,” Federer said when told of Williams’ retirement. “I can not believe it.”
After gathering his things, Williams limped out of center court, his accreditation badge hanging from his hand, and performed one of his traditional pirouettes. But after a final wave to the crowds, she tripped again when she reached the passage behind tennis’ most famous court, where she last won the singles title in 2016. Although she remained standing, she needed help getting into the clubhouse. .
Williams, 39, has been aiming for a 24th Grand Slam singles title since returning to the tour in 2018 following the birth of his daughter, Olympia. Ranked sixth at Wimbledon, she was still considered the favorite for the title by many bookies, alongside world No.1 Ashleigh Barty.