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Serena Williams Leaves Wimbledon With Mystery Virus

Posted 7/02/2014 5:37 pm by
Serena Williams, staggered and struggling, pulled out of Wimbledon.

Serena Williams, staggered and struggling, pulled out of Wimbledon.

Serena Williams is no stranger to controversy.  After all, when she’s not dominating Grand Slam tournaments, she’s suffering some pretty severe medical problems.  It’s not Serena’s skills that have her in the news, it’s her medical issues.  A disoriented and distressed Serena Williams had to pull out of Wimbledon, suffering from a mysterious virus.  Serena and sister Venus Williams were in the midst of a doubles match with Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele at the All England Club.  Serena, who is already out of the singles tournament, is now on her way home, once she recovers enough to travel.

A clearly disoriented Serena Williams tried, and failed, to serve four points.  After four double faults, the chair umpire came down to speak to Serena.  She tried one more time to play, then walked off the court hand-in-hand with sister Venus, where she was examined by medical personnel.  The match started 15 minutes late while medical personnel evaluated Serena to make sure she could even play.  Giving her the go-ahead, she tried and struggled to complete her doubles match.

“It’s the most inexplicable thing of all that she was clearly in no state to play a match and that with all the people around her,  that they didn’t stop her from getting on the court.  I’ve never seen anything like it and hopefully never will again,” said commentator Martina Navratilova, one of the most decorated women in tennis history.  “Everybody was put in such a difficult position, including the WTA.  It’s not right. It defies logic on so many fronts.  The coach said he hadn’t seen her for two days.  He didn’t know anything.  How can you be a coach and not know anything?  That’s wrong.  And Venus was just kind of there.  You don’t know what’s going on, but virus was not it, that much is clear.”

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