Wimbledon 2021: Serena Williams retires in tears after injury, Aliaksandra Sasnovich progress to round 2- Tennis legend Serena Williams bowed out of the Wimbledon 2021 opening round after an injury forced her to retire. The injury surfaced when the 39-year-old was playing the very first set. She spent a short session with physio but couldn’t continue with the limp. What followed next huge emotions with tears rolling her eyes.
In just the fourth game, the seven-time champion slipped on the grass and had to leave the court to receive treatment to her left ankle. She tried to carry on but retired at 3-3 after 34 minutes.
Now, the wait for the elusive 24th Grand Slam gets longer.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich, on the other hand, has progressed to the second round of the Wimbledon 2021 for the 2nd instance. Her Grand Slam best came when she reached the semifinals of the US Open 2019.
We’re heartbroken for you, Serena.
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“Brutal for @serenawilliams but centre court is extremely slippy out there. Not easy to move out there,” Britain’s Andy Murray said on Twitter.
Wimbledon 2021: Serena Williams retires in tears after injury, Aliaksandra Sasnovich progress to round 2
Sasnovich, who practised her serve while Williams was getting treatment, commiserated with an opponent who had never gone out in the first round at Wimbledon in her previous 19 visits.
“I’m so sad for Serena, she’s a great champion,” said the world number 100. “It happens sometimes.”
Eight-times men’s singles champion Roger Federer expressed shock at Williams’ departure and voiced concern about the surface, with the roof closed on Centre Court on a rainy afternoon.
His first-round opponent Adrian Mannarino of France also retired with a knee injury after a slip.
“I do feel it feels a tad more slippery maybe under the roof. I don’t know if it’s just a gut feeling. You do have to move very, very carefully out there. If you push too hard in the wrong moments, you do go down,” Federer said.
“I feel for a lot of players, it’s super key to get through those first two rounds because the grass is more slippery, it is more soft. As the tournament progresses, usually it gets harder and easier to move on.”
Wimbledon 2021 LIVE score: Serena Williams vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Serena Williams vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich 1st set
Williams walks off
3-3 Sasonvich brings her A-game
Serena is back!
Serena Williams hurts her leg, taking a break. She goes off the court
3-2 Sasonvich reduces her deficit
3-1 Serena Williams extends lead
2-1 to Serena Williams
1-1 Sasonvich levels up
1-0 to Serena Williams
Wimbledon 2021: Serena Williams vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich, LIVE streaming
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(with Reuters inputs)