American legend Serena Williams’s dreams of winning an eighth Wimbledon singles title and equalling Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record of 24 ended in tears on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old was leading 3-1 in the first set of her first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus when she slipped and had to have her left ankle examined.
She returned from receiving medical attention but called it quits at 3-3 and walked off Centre Court in tears. Earlier, Swiss legend Roger Federer and Australia’s world No 1 Ashleigh Barty both progressed but only after overcoming scares.
Federer advanced after Adrian Mannarino retired at 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 3-6, 6-2 while Barty came through 6-1, 6-7 (1/7), 6-1 against Carla Suarez Navarro.