Serena Williams Wimbledon 2021

Serena to suffer huge setback following Wimbledon withdrawal

The bad news continues for Serena Williams as her first round Wimbledon exit means more difficulties at Grand Slams to come.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered awful misfortune in her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, slipping on the court, suffering injury and being forced to forfeit.

The results means that her WTA ranking will take a big hit after Wimbledon is complete.

Coming into the Championships this year, Serena was defending 1300 ranking points after reaching the final in 2019. As a result of her first round exit, she will lose 1290 of those points from her current ranking, falling at least to world No. 16 following the end of the tournament.

2019 Wimbledon champion will similarly suffer a rankings setback, defending none of the 2000 ranking points she claimed in winning the title that year.

If Serena drops further in the rankings, it means she could be seeded below 16 at upcoming Grand Slams, making for a more difficult draw, as she could meet other seeded opponents as early as the third round.