Venus Williams screams in pain as she slips and injures her knee just three games after her highly anticipated Wimbledon return
- Venus Williams returned for her 24th Wimbledon appearance this week
- Just three games later, he slipped and strained his already-wrapped right knee.
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Venus Williams was left screaming in pain and clutching her knee after slipping on the grass just three games into her return to Wimbledon on Monday afternoon.
The 43-year-old American, returning for her 24th singles appearance at The Championships, faces tough opposition in Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.
But things turned sour at 2-1 in the first set when Williams volleyed into the net, slipping on the grass and extending his already bandaged knee.
There were audible gasps from the crowd on Center Court as five-time Wimbledon champion Williams cried out in pain, before he was immediately helped by the referee and medical staff.
After a few minutes, she was able to stand up under her own power and called a coach to attend her on the court.
Venus Williams was in a lot of pain after slipping on the grass during her return to Wimbledon
Williams clutches his right knee after slipping on the wet turf of Center Court on Monday
After a short break in play, Williams attempted to continue the match, but was still in visible pain as he grimaced throughout the next few games.
He then lost three straight games, as fans speculated if he would be able to continue, before rallying to put things back to 4-3, a meltdown.
Williams has won five Wimbledon singles titles in her career, appearing 24 times in the competition, but she missed 2022 with many believing her time at SW19 was over.
She was given a wild card entry after beating world number 48 Camila Giorgi in Birmingham in a Wimbledon warm-up tournament, and suggested she could play until she was 50 in pre-tournament interviews.