Serena Williams to Participate in Swedish Open Following ‘Viral Illness’

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Following her bizarre exit from the Wimbledon Championships this year, Serena Williams has confirmed that she is fit to participate in the Swedish Open next week.

Tournament director Nina Wennerstrom told ESPN that the World No.1 has entered the tournament in Bastad and plans to take part.

Williams 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 she 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. In the third game, Williams served three consecutive double faults – was asked whether she could continue – served another double fault, and the subsequently retired from the contest.

Her retirement led to severe criticism from the likes of Martina Navratilova.

The Swedish Open begins July 14 at Bastad, Sweden.

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3 comments
BiffJawBone
BiffJawBone

It's time for Serena to wake up and smell the coffee regarding her health. It appears that she really needed a t-PA. Her health has been an issue for her and her sister for many years. It's time to retire. Martina's comment regarding a viral issue is bogus at best and she's right.

smoovcp37
smoovcp37

Serena I'm your #1 fan and im so glad that everything came out ok for you.No matter what anyone said about you, they can never say that you are not the best in the world. I LOVE YOU GIRL. ....KEEP YOUR HEAD UP.YOU ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD. ..

drubenjack
drubenjack

Martina needs to stop hating on Serena. She will beat her record.