US player Serena Williams (R) 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 (L) 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 superstar Serena Williams was at the centre of a Wimbledon health scare when she wept and appeared to be close to fainting in a doubles match with sister Venus. Serena, the world number one singles player, called the doctor to Court One just after she and Venus had warmed up for their second round match against Kristina Barrois and Stephanie Voegele. She broke down in tears as she consulted with the doctor and physio before the tournament referee and supervisor were called to court in a reflection of her status in the sport. The Williams sisters retired from the match. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK – RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON (CBS Tampa) – Serena Williams withdrew from her doubles match at Wimbledon due to a “viral illness.”
Serena, along with her sister and partner Venus, tried to play through her illness but she was unable to compose herself after double-faulting on a serve.
Pam Shriver from ESPN described Serena as “having a breakdown both physically and emotionally…This is not an illness. It’s almost like she’s taken something that makes her feel dizzy, disoriented and she cannot reach up and strike the ball.”
The Williams’ sisters walked off the court hand-in-hand after the third game, which they lost all three.