Serena Williams stops after three games in doubles match
LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams pulled out of her Wimbledon doubles match with sister Venus after only three games Tuesday.
Serena, who lost in singles Saturday, was checked by medical staff before the doubles match even began. Sitting in her sideline chair, Serena covered her face with her hands.
Eventually, the match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele began. With Serena serving in the third game, she was broken at love, hitting faults that bounced before reaching the net.
At love-40, chair umpire Kader Nouni took the unusual step of climbing down and walking over to speak to Serena. She then served another double-fault to trail 3-0.
Serena and Venus walked to the sideline holding hands, and Nouni announced to the crowd: “Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately, Miss Williams has to retire.”
A ‘hearty’ apology
LONDON (AP) — The Bryan brothers’ third-round victory in straight sets against Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Marcin Matkowski came with a bit of comedy in the friendly confines of Court 12.
After firing what he thought was a backhand cross-court winner, Bob Bryan let out a groan followed by “Come on, man!” in protest at the call. When the umpire confirmed the shot was out, Bryan provided a jocular apology.
“I had a bad angle, I saw it with my heart,” he said, which was followed by laughter from the crowd.
The Bryans went on to win 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
Sharapova falls to Kerber in three sets
LONDON (AP) — Former champion Maria Sharapova saved six match points before falling to Angelique Kerber in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Tuesday, ending her bid to win a second title at the All England Club a decade after her first.
Sharapova, a five-time major champion, saved one match point at 5-2 down in the third set and five more in the final game before hitting a backhand long on the seventh.
That gave the ninth-seeded Kerber a stirring 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 win on Centre Court. The German reached the semifinals at Wimbledon two years ago.
Sharapova had lost only seven games in her three previous matches, but she had 49 unforced errors to Kerber’s 11.