Serena Williams out of Wimbledon with leg injury

Serena Williams has withdrawn from Wimbledon during her first-round match with a leg injury.

Williams started against Belarusian world number 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich with heavy strapping on her right thigh and then slipped in the fifth game.

Serena Williams out of Wimbledon with leg injury

She limped toward her chair, was looked at by a trainer and left Centre Court during an injury timeout.

Williams, playing the whole match with her right thigh fully wrapped, returned and played one full game before retiring. Sasnovich won it.

Williams was in tears to start the next game on serve, dropped to the court on the third point and retired.

The 39-year-old went down again in the seventh game and then retired after struggling to get to her feet.

“I’m so sad for Serena. She is a great champion,” said Sasnovich.

“It happens sometimes in tennis, but all the best to her.”

Williams, seeded sixth, seemed to do the damage when she rocked backwards on the baseline before unleashing a forehand back to her opponent.

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