Legendary Serena Williams has had to be out of Wimbledon 2021. She was injured during the first round match against Aleksandra Sasnovich of Belarus and had to withdraw from the match.
American stalwart Williams’ dream of winning her 8th Wimbledon singles title and equaling Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams was shattered when she slipped on the court and suffered a left ankle injury.
Serena, 39, tried to continue the game, but during a rally, her leg was stiff and she fell on the court. At the time of leaving the match, the score was tied at 3-3 in the first set.
This is only the second time in any Grand Slam tournament that Serena has been forced to withdraw from the match. Earlier in 1998 also he had to withdraw from the Grand Slam tournament.
After withdrawing from the match against the world number 100 player, Serena said, ‘It broke my heart to withdraw from the match today.’ She said, ‘Today when I came out on the court and went out, I felt the wonderful warmth and support of the audience. This is my world.’
When Roger Federer was told about Serena’s departure, he said, ‘Oh my God. Serena has been out of the first round of a Grand Slam for only the second time. Earlier in 2012, he had to face defeat in the first round of French Open against Virginie Razon.
On the other hand, Venus Williams entered the next round of Wimbledon, registering her 90th victory in the 90th Grand Slam tournament of her career. The 41-year-old Venus, a 5-time champion, has won the first match at Wimbledon since 2018. She defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 7-5, 4- 6, 6-3.
Former world number one Venus was ranked 111th in the rankings this week and had lost in the first or second round of the last eight Grand Slams. The second day’s play was also interrupted due to rain and 18 matches were postponed.