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.
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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