30 June 2021 By Grace Namiji
American legend, Serena Williams’s dreams of winning an eighth Wimbledon singles title to equal Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record of 24 ended in tears when she slipped and had to have her left ankle examined, called it quits.
The 39-year-old was limping and called for her trainer before leaving the court for a medical evaluation.
When Williams returned, she held back tears while serving at the baseline, with the pain leaving her in no position to continue.
Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player and former world No.1 in women’s singles tennis.
She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all-time behind Margaret Court.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No.1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017.
She reached the No.1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf.
In total, she has been No.1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova.