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Serena Williams withdraws with leg injury at Wimbledon
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Serena Williams withdraws with leg injury at Wimbledon

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A leg injury brings Serena Williams to her knees before withdrawing from her women's singles first-round match against Belarus's Aliaksandra Sasnovich on the second day of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in London, on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

A leg injury brings Serena Williams to her knees before withdrawing from her women's singles first-round match against Belarus's Aliaksandra Sasnovich on the second day of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in London, on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

BERLIN — Serena Williams is out of Wimbledon in the first round after injury forced her to retire in the early stages of her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Williams, who was seeking a historic 24th Grand Slam title at an event she has won seven times, was tearful as she withdrew from the match.

Williams had broken Sasnovich and led 3-1, appearing to be in full control of Tuesday's contest on Centre Court.

But she suffered an ankle injury in the fifth game after seeming to slip while playing a forehand.

With Williams' movement clearly limited, Sasnovich broke back and Williams left the court for treatment as she took a medical timeout.

She re-emerged to huge applause and bravely tried to continue but was visibly in severe discomfort.

The 39-year-old called a halt to proceedings with the match tied at 3-3, after letting out a scream of pain as she tried in vain to reach the ball.

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