First-Ever Moment For Serena Williams: She’s Out After 1st Round At Wimbledon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Concern from tennis fans after Serena Williams dropped out of Wimbledon due to a thigh injury. The seven-time Wimbledon singles champion started her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich with her right thigh taped, but when serving in the next game, Williams slipped while changing direction, appearing to twist her left ankle. After losing the point and stopping for treatment, she struggled to return to play, and wound up dropping to her knees in concession.

The forfeit marks her first ever first-round loss at Wimbledon. And as if one Williams sister being out of a tennis tournament isn’t bad enough, Venus Williams has eluded to not playing in the Olympics.

Tuesday, after winning her Wimbledon first-round singles match, Venus was asked if she will play doubles or mixed doubles in Tokyo. She responded, “I don’t think so.” This would be her first time not competing in the Games since 1996.

The Williams’ sisters stats are historic. 41-year-old Venus Williams is the most decorated Olympic tennis player in history with five medals, and four golds. 39-year-old Serena Williams a four-time gold medalist, three of which were in doubles matches and one in singles.

Tennis fans sounded off on social media, voicing their support for both sisters. One person wrote, “The Williams sisters out here redefining all gender/age norms.” Another saying, “Appreciate the Williams sisters while you can.” And another saying, “My favorite all-time athlete Serena Williams was forced to pull out of Wimbledon today after slipping on the wet court. Serena is the GOAT of tennis, whether she ties with Margaret Courts’ 24 Grand Slam titles, or not. The Williams sisters have done far more for women’s tennis than anyone.”

Our question of the night: do you think the Williams sisters will retire soon?

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB Sports anchor Kelli Bartik
WCCB Meteorologist Kaitlin Wright
WCCB News Edge producer Brandon Refour