Venus Williams ‘couldn’t watch’ Serena’s tearful Wimbledon exit

Venus Williams 'couldn't watch' Serena's tearful Wimbledon exit

Venus Williams ‘couldn’t watch’ Serena’s tearful Wimbledon exit (Picture: Getty)

Venus Williams admitted she ‘couldn’t watch’ as her sister Serena left Wimbledon in tears after retiring injured from her first-round match.

Venus, who suffered a straight sets defeat to Ons Jabeur on Wednesday, was devastated for her younger sister as she threw in the towel after just six games against Aliaskandra Sasnovich.

A right leg injury caused her to take a medical timeout and although she desperately attempted to continue, with tears pouring down her face’ she had to bring the match to a halt two games later.

It was a tough watch for her 41-year-old sister who confessed it was ‘all too much’.

‘Yeah, absolutely couldn’t watch,’ said Venus Williams after her 7-5 6-0 loss on Court 1. ‘It was too much. I just couldn’t watch it.

Serena Williams of The United States reacts as she winces in pain in her Ladies' Singles First Round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus during Day Two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2021 in London, England.

Serena was devastated on court (Picture: Getty)

‘I know exactly what that feels like when, you know, all your faculties are taken away, things you work hard for and earn, and suddenly life happens.

‘Yeah, it was too much for me to watch.’

Serena left the site without doing a press conference and while Venus gave a brief update on how she was handling the incident, she wouldn’t be drawn into whether the 39-year-old would be returning to Wimbledon.

‘I think she’s doing the best you can when you get hurt,’ she added. ‘It’s awful. It sucks.

‘I can’t speak for her. I mean, I think you probably had a chance to ask her that yesterday.

‘If not, there will be another press conference whenever. Got to take your shot when you get it.’

US player Venus Williams reacts while playing Tunisia's Ons Jabeur during their women's singles second round match on the third day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2021.

Venus said she couldn’t watch Serena struggle (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Venus, who will play mixed doubles with Nick Kyrgios, also faced questions over whether she would return.

‘Of course. Who wouldn’t want to be at Wimbledon? Lots of people want to be here,’ she added.

‘Yeah, when it’s my last, I’ll let you all know. I’ll give you a little whisper in your ear.’

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