What Injury Does Serena Williams Have?

Published 08/14/2021, 1:57 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


It’s been a heavenly journey these last few months, courtesy of the ever-exceeding tennis action. Right from Paris to Tokyo, fans have thoroughly enjoyed some enthralling encounters. However, despite seeking solace in these young talents, fans continue to wait for the return of a star, who’s left on the sidelines, courtesy of an unprecedented injury. American legend, Serena Williams, is yet to make a return, following her exit at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship.

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Earlier this year, Williams faced a dreadful setback after she slipped during her first-round clash at the English tournament. Devastated and helpless, it forced the former World No. 1 to retire from the rest of the competition. As she walked off the court in disparity and agonizing pain, fans wondered about the extent of her injury.

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What injury does Serena Williams have?

On her way out of the court, Serena was accompanied by her long-standing coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Based on her slip, she seemed to have injured her right thigh, as she went down holding her leg in pain. However, Patrick gave a further update on the seven-time Wimbledon singles champion.

He said, “Apparently the injury is at the top of her hamstring, in the glute.”

Serena’s history with injury is luckily not as decorated as her past with Grand Slams, but is, sadly, long enough. Ever since she started her professional career in 1995, injuries have lurked over her in shadows.

From 2004 to 2006, she faced major issues with her knee and also faced an ankle injury. 2006 was the most unfortunate year for the American legend, as one too many injuries reduced her on-court appearances and therefore, dropping out of the top 100 rankings.

Now, once again, injury has ruined the 39-year-old’s party, who withdrew her participation from yet another tournament.

Disappointment at Cincinnati

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Fans anxiously looked forward to the Western and Southern Open, hoping to see the American return to the court. Ever since her Wimbledon mishap, Serena is yet to make another appearance. Courtesy of the same, she missed out on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the National Bank Open 2021. Sadly, the story was no different at Cincinnati either.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

Serena withdrew her participation from the tournament, citing recovery reasons. She said, “I am still in recovery from my leg injury at Wimbledon. I will miss all of my fans in Cincinnati. I plan to be back on the court very soon.” 

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As the 23-time Grand Slam champion bowed out in agony, fans wondered when they would see her next. Notably, her exit gave rise to speculations of a retirement. However, many believe that all is not lost, as they await a surprise entry from the American star at the US Open 2021.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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