Serena Williams posts pic of herself resting after bizarre scene at Wimbledon (photo)
Serena Williams took to Instagram on Wednesday to document how she is resting comfortably the day after a completely bizarre scene played out during a doubles match with her sister Venus.
The Williams sisters were forced to retire from their first-round doubles match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegleafter only three games when Serena appeared disoriented and unable to accomplish the most rudimentary of tennis-related tasks, such as picking up a ball during warmups or getting a serve over the net during the match.
A doctor attended to Williams before the match in a disturbing and strange scene where Serena appeared to be in tears. After a few games during which Williams continued to be unable to grasp a tennis ball or serve — all four of her serves were double faults — it ultimately was decided that Williams could not continue and the sisters forfeited the match.
The word from the referee’s office is that Serena Williams is suffering from a viral illness. #Wimbledon http://t.co/TmRAWfQjnD
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2014
Williams later posted a statement expressing her regret over the incident, about two hours after the match.
“I am heartbroken I’m not able to continue in the tournament. I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me. I want to thank my sister, Kristina, Stefanie and our teams for their support. We were all looking forward to a great match. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of the fans for their cheers and understanding. I look forward to returning to Wimbledon next year.”
Many questions remain unanswered regarding one of the most bizarre sequence of events ever to occur at Wimbledon in recent memory, but Williams did take to social media on Wednesday morning. In a post to Instagram, Williams is shown resting under a blanket in front of her Macbook and iPhone.
No message was added to the photograph. Weird stuff.
(GIFs via Business Insider)