After a disturbing conclusion to Serena Williams’ Wimbledon fortnight at the start of the month, many fans and pundits alike feared for the American’s health – even Williams was worried about her wellbeing.
“I was really, really sick,” Williams told ESPN.com’s Jim Capie. “Literally, the next three days I couldn’t get out of bed. And usually when you lose in a tournament, you leave. You don’t want to be around. Most people don’t want to be around the surroundings. You leave. I literally stayed until the tournament ended. I wasn’t allowed to leave by the doctors. The doctors said, ‘Don’t leave. You cannot. You have to stay.”’
Williams has failed to secure any major championships this season, losing before the quarter-final stage of all three Grand Slam tournaments placed so far this year. She lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the second round at Roland Garros and the third round of the Wimbledon Championships. The American most recently lost to Alize Cornet at SW19 before having to retire in her doubles match with Venus Williams after hitting four consecutive double faults in the third game of the match.
Many worried that Williams’ illness may be a serious one and not just due to exhaustion or fatigue – something that has crossed the 17-time Grand Slam champion’s mind over the past few weeks.
“I’ve been thinking about a lot of things. A lot of things have been crossing my brain. I’m going to get a lot of tests done at the end of the season and go from there. I do have to get a lot of tests done because of things that do run in the family so I just want to make sure.”
Serena is the top seed at this week’s Bank of the West Classic at Stanford.