serena williams withdraws from wimbledon due to injury.

Serena Williams [photo courtesy]>

Serena Williams [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa June 30, 2021

American Tennis player Serena Williams has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a leg injury.

During her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Tuesday, Williams suffered an apparent leg injury that forced her to retire from the match.

Williams appeared to slip on the grass during the fifth game of the opening set and sought medical treatment after the game's conclusion. 

She continued to play but was noticeably hobbling at times and was clearly in pain with tears in her eyes as she attempted to serve. 

During a rally in the seventh game, Williams shrieked in pain and fell to her knees. Unable to continue, forcing her to retire from the match.

She waved to the crowd as she left the court.

Williams thanked her fans in an Instagram post later Tuesday, writing, 

"My love and gratitude are with the fans and the team who make being on centre court so meaningful."