London, Jun 29 (EFE) .- American Serena Williams could only endure six games in her duel against Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovic, due to an ankle injury that prevented her from moving and forced her to retire.
Serena, 39, was a leading contender for the title at Wimbledon, with seven trophies under her belt and a goal of matching Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slams, but the American suffered a premature exit from the tournament.
With a 3-1 lead, Serena sprained her ankle. He received medical attention off the track, but when he returned he was moving with great difficulty. He tried to keep competing, but Sasnovich easily regained the advantage and Serena had to withdraw and say goodbye to the tournament in the first round, the second time since 2012.
The American, who needed help to be able to leave the track, retired in tears, this being the second consecutive abandonment in the center court of Wimbledon, after the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino could not complete his match against Roger Federer due to a bad fall that It caused a knee injury.
The humidity in London, coupled with the need to close the roof from the rain, has made the track more slippery than usual and Sasnovich even slipped once before Serena retired.
Serbian Novak Djokovic also suffered from this problem on Monday, with three falls to the grass due to skids.