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Serena Williams withdraws from Wimbledon due to injury

Serena Williams will not win her eighth Wimbledon title this year. Williams suffered a foot injury during her first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Tuesday and she withdrew from the match.

During the fifth game in the opening set, Williams was seen sliding on the grass and trying medical treatment after the end of the match. She continued to play, but was tormented by occasional distraction and tears came to her eyes as she tried to serve. During the rally in the seventh match, Williams suffered from pain and fell to his knees. Unable to continue, Williams withdrew from the match.

She waved to the audience as she left the court.
Later on Tuesday, Williams thanked his fans in an Instagram post and wrote: “My love and gratitude is for the center and the make-up team on the track. It makes me so meaningful to stay in the midfield.” She said she injured her right leg, but gave no further details.

France’s Adrian Mannarino drew 2-1 with Roger Federer. Shortly after, he withdrew from the match.

Williams currently holds 23 Grand Slam titles and only one more is needed for Margaret Courta. Her last Grand Slam title came in 2016 at Wimbledon.

This is the second time Williams has been ruled out of the Grand Slam due to injury. Williams stretched just two games on his calf muscles during his 1998 game against Virginia Ruano Pasquale at Wimbledon.

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