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Tearful Serena retires from Wimbledon after first-round injury

Sixth seed Serena Williams retired injured from her Wimbledon first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus on Tuesday.

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Tearful Serena retires from Wimbledon after first-round injury
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Sixth seed Serena Williams retired injured from her Wimbledon first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus on Tuesday.

The seven-times Wimbledon champion went off court for treatment while 3-2 up in the opening set but the American was in tears when she tried to resume and with the score at 3-3 could go no further.

Day Two: The Championships - Wimbledon 2021LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Serena Williams of The United States winces in pain as she plays a backhand in her Ladies' Singles First Round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus during Day Two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Jed Leicester - Pool/Getty Images)

It appeared that the 39-year-old picked up an ankle injury in the opening phase of the match which led to the withdrawal.