Serena Williams left her sport’s biggest event after an unfortunate leg injury.
A day she won’t soon forget on June 29th, as Williams hurt herself just 34-minutes into her Wimbledon match. This coming days after informing everyone that she was not going to be apart of the coveted Tokyo Olympics as she was focusing on Wimbeldon 2021 to capture her 24th Grand Slam title. The reasons she said she might reveal later on why she made the decision not to participate. She stated with much surety saying, “I’m actually not on the Olympic list, not that I’m aware of. If so, then I shouldn’t be on it.”
The plans on achieving the goal of another title fell through as she slipped on the Centre Court grass injuring her right leg, resulting in an injury that took the 39-year-old out of the competition altogether as reported by Washington Post.
“I was heartbroken to have to withdraw today after injuring my right leg,” she wrote. “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.”
You can witness the heartbreaking moment in the video below.
Serena Williams receives a standing ovation from the crowd at #Wimbledon
Williams was forced to retire in the first round of after sustaining an apparent injury. pic.twitter.com/exFZxJJZGh
— ESPN (@espn) June 29, 2021