Social Slice: Federer and Murray react to Serena Williams Wimbledon exit
On today’s Social Slice, the tennis world reacts to Serena Williams being forced to withdraw from Wimbledon 2021 due to an injury.
Williams was continuing her quest to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, but was stopped at the first hurdle in unfortunate circumstances.
The sixth seed slipped and suffered an injury in the fifth game of her first round match with Aliaksandra Sasnovich, before retiring with the score at 3-3.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray – who made a winning singles return to the All England Club yesterday – has commented on the Centre Court surface
Brutal for @serenawilliams but centre court is extremely slippy out there. Not easy to move out there.
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) June 29, 2021
Eight-time winner Roger Federer advanced to the second round earlier after his opponent Adrian Mannarino was forced to retire – also after slipping on Centre Court.
The Frenchman was leading Federer by 2-1 in sets and was 4-2 down in the fourth when he lost his footing and sustained a knee injury. He retired with the contest locked at two sets apiece.
Federer also discussed the grass in his post-match press conference, and was taken aback by the news of Williams’ unlucky exit.
— TENNIS (@Tennis) June 29, 2021
Two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin also gave her reaction to the 23-time Major winner’s withdrawal on Twitter.
Absolutely heartbreaking! Serena has to retire with injury. Out of Wimbledon. Stunned. 💔💔💔
— Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) June 29, 2021
World No. 100 Sasnovich revealed that she also found the court to be slippery during the match.
The Belarusian said in her press conference that she “couldn’t run” for shots hit at an angle by Williams.
Serena’s opponent Aliaksandra Sasnovich said that the Centre Court was so slippery that she wasn’t running for shots like normal.
“It was very slippery–I fell as well. When she did an angle, I couldn’t run, because it was so slippery.”#Wimbledon
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 29, 2021
Wimbledon legend Billie Jean King expressed her hope that the American is able to return to compete soon.
Saddened to see Serena’s Wimbledon end with an injury.
She’s a champion, and I hope she’s back on the courts soon. https://t.co/zEEtG9YHgk
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 29, 2021
Here is the moment the 39-year-old lost her footing and picked up the cruel injury that ended her bid for history – until at least the US Open.
— Tennis GIFs 🎾🎥 (@tennis_gifs) June 29, 2021
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