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Shocking Images of Serena Williams Overcome with ‘Bug’ at Wimbledon

by Chris Lingebach
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US player Serena Williams wipes her face as she sits talking to the doctor on court after being taken ill during her women's doubles second round match playing with US player Venus Williams against Germany's Kristina Barrois and Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele on day eight of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2014.

US player Serena Williams wipes her face as she sits talking to the doctor on court after being taken ill during her women’s doubles second round match playing with US player Venus Williams against Germany’s Kristina Barrois and Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele on day eight of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2014.

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Serena Williams provided an odd scene at Wimbledon yesterday, when her sudden inability to serve the ball, or even maintain control of it in her palm — something she’s done countless times, with ease, in her career — necessitated her and sister/teammate Venus Williams retiring from their second-round doubles match against Germany’s Kristina Barrois and Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele.

The crowd sat in awe as a tournament doctor tended to a tearful Serena on the sideline.

“I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me,” Serena Williams said in a written statement after withdrawing, but not before the globalized internet had already begun speculating the culprit of her dazed, disoriented physical state.

Serena had apparently been overcome by a virus, said the Women’s Tennis Association in a release.

Still, the image of Serena hunched over, struggling to maintain basic human composure will likely be what lasts.

Serena Williams of the United States struggles during the warm up prior her Ladies Doubles second round match with Venus against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Serena Williams of the United States struggles during the warm up prior her Ladies Doubles second round match with Venus against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Serena Williams of the United States struggles during her Ladies Doubles second round match with Venus against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Serena Williams of the United States struggles during her Ladies Doubles second round match with Venus against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Serena Williams of the United States struggles during the warm up before her Ladies Doubles second round match with Venus Williams against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Serena Williams of the United States struggles during the warm up before her Ladies Doubles second round match with Venus Williams against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Serena Williams of the United States recieves treatment during the warm up before their Ladies Doubles second round match with Venus Williams (l) against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Serena Williams of the United States recieves treatment during the warm up before their Ladies Doubles second round match with Venus Williams (l) against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

What will receive far less attention is this, the image Serena published, without comment, to Instagram Wednesday morning.

Isha Price, Serena’s half-sister, said afterwards Serena had not appeared ill prior to the match, according to USA Today, further indicating she’d not been aware of any medications Serena may or may not have been taking.

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