Disoriented Serena Williams Withdraws From Wimbledon Match

7-2-2014 3-44-20 PM

It was a scary situation at Wimbledon on Tuesday when a disoriented Serena Williams withdrew from her doubles match with sister, Venus.

Williams, 32, was examined courtside by a doctor 15 minutes prior to the match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele. The teary-eyed tennis star appeared lethargic as the examiner took her blood pressure.

While the sisters continued onto the court to begin the match, viewers could immediately tell something was not right. After serving up no fewer than four double faults in the third game of Round 2, chair umpire Kader Nouni made the unusual action of leaving his courtside perch to check in with the ill sister on court.

Soon after, the dazed Williams attempted to serve once more before the sisters called it quits and retired from the match.

“I am heartbroken I’m not able to continue in the tournament,” Williams said in a statement released nearly two hours after she departed the grounds. “I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete. But this bug just got the best of me.”

Although details about the illness were not disclosed, former US star Tracy Austin revealed that a viral illness can impact the victim’s equilibrium and balance.

Check out Serena’s first attempt to serve in the match below, and click here for more clips. It’s a sad scene coming from the No. 1 tennis champion, but we’re sure Serena will bounce back with more pep in her step in no time!

(Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports/TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS)