Tennis legend Serena Williams limped out of Wimbledon in tears after her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles crown ended with an injury.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion was clearly in pain on a slippery Centre Court and sought treatment while 3-2 up in her first round match against unseeded Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Williams returned after a lengthy break but the distress was evident. She wiped away tears before preparing to serve at 3-3 after Sasnovich had pulled back from 3-1 down. The 39-year-old, who had started the match with strapping on her right thigh, sank kneeling to the grass sobbing, before being helped off the court.
“I was heartbroken to have to withdraw today after injuring my right leg,” Williams wrote on Instagram.
“My love and gratitude are with the fans and the team who make being on centre court so meaningful. Feeling the extraordinary warmth and support of the crowd today when I walked on – and off – the court meant the world to me.”