Just a few days after her third round upset loss to Alize Cornet, world No. 1 Serena Williams retired from her Wimbledon doubles match with older sister Venus. The pair had only managed to play three games before Williams decided to pull out of the contest.
The top ranked American was given a blood pressure test by medical staff before the doubles match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele but it was eminently clear that Williams was not up to par as she warmed up for the contest. She could barely keep the ball in play during practice and remained seated for a good portion of the time before the contest.
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The match began after a 13-minute delay and, with Serena serving in the third game, she was hitting serves that bounced before reaching the net. A few points later, the chair umpire, Kader Nouni, decided to step away from his seat to ask Serena if she could continue. Serena chose to play on, but served a double fault to drop the first three games of the contest.
Moments later, the Grand Slam winning pair retired from the contest.