Serena Williams pulls out of Wimbledon due to injury
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Serena Williams pulls out of Wimbledon due to injury

Serena Williams' pursuit of a 24th Grand Slam title will have to wait. 

The legendary 39-year-old believed by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time retired from Tuesday's first-round Wimbledon match versus Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the opening set after slipping on the grass court and suffering some sort of injury. Williams attempted to play through the discomfort and was in tears as she waved goodbye to an adoring Wimbledon crowd potentially for the last time.

Williams is a seven-time champion at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and recently confirmed she will not play at the Tokyo Olympics later this summer. 

"There's a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision," Williams explained. "I don't really want to — I don't feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.

"I have not thought about it. In the past, [the Olympics] has been a wonderful place for me. I really haven't thought about it, so I'm going to keep not thinking about it."

Williams remains one Grand Slam behind Margaret Court for the all-time record. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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