In an incident with eerie resemblance to her infamous Wimbledon doubles retirement, world No. 1 Serena Williams was forced to retire from her opening match at the Wuhan Open against Alize Cornet and was immediately taken to hospital with a viral illness.
Sports Illustrated’s Courtney Nguyen was first to reveal the news.
At 5-5 in the match against Cornet, Williams managed to break serve but called the trainer over in the changeover, where she had her blood pressure and temperature checked.
Soon afterwards, the decision was made for her to retire from the match.
“I’m sorry to all the fans in Wuhan that I had to retire from my match against Alize today. I felt dizzy and nauseous in the first set and unfortunately couldn’t continue,” Serena said after the match. “The tournament organizers have done an amazing job preparing the facilities for this year’s event and I really hope to come back to the Wuhan Open in 2015.”
Williams is still expected to take part in the China Open in Beijing.