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Serena Williams Leaves Wimbledon After Illness — See Her Tearful Photo

Tue, July 1, 2014 8:07pm EDT by 22 Comments
Serena Williams Pulls Out Wimbledon
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Serena Williams is having a rough time at this year’s Wimbledon. Just days after losing to a No. 25 seed player, the tennis superstar retired midway through a doubles game on July 1 after she couldn’t even serve the ball over the net.

Something is VERY wrong with five-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, 32. During a doubles game with her sister Venus Williams on July 1, Serena looked disoriented and weak. That game was called off. And now, Serena has had to retire from the ENTIRE tournament!

Serena Williams Pulls out Of Wimbledon: Tennis Player’s Sudden Viral Illness

Poor Serena. While warming up with her sister for a match against Germany’s Kristina Barrois and Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegle, a medic had to be called to the court because Serena was so ill. The world’s highest-ranked tennis star was crying on the side of the court because she was so upset and felt so sick! 

After the game began, the umpire noticed Serena’s odd behavior and talked with she and her sister. Shortly after, the umpire told the crowd: “Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately, Miss Williams has to retire,” according to Sports Illustrated TennisShe was so ill she couldn’t even finish the match! 

The tennis star has been diagnosed with a viral illness. She made this statement to reporters after the match: 

“I’m heartbroken I’m not able to continue in the tournament. I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me.”

How devastating for Serena. The rest of the tournament won’t be the same without her!

Serena Williams Defeated In Shocking Upset By Alize Cornet

Just three days ago, Serena was shockingly defeated by Alize Cornet, a 24-year-old French player who was a No. 25 seed in the tournament. Serena opened the June 28 game strong, but Alize ended up defeating her 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Serena was just as shocked by her loss as the rest of the world. “I think everyone in general plays the match of their lives against me …” Serena said after the game, according to ESPN. “So I just have to always, every time I step on the court, be a hundred times better. If I’m not, then I’m in trouble.”

What do YOU think about Serena pulling out of Wimbledon due to illness, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

— Megan Ross

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