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.