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Williams Sisters Out Of Doubles

Five-time Wimbledon doubles champions the Williams sisters were forced to retire from their second round doubles match on Tuesday after Serena Williams came down with a viral illness.

Published July 01, 2014 12:14

Williams Sisters Out Of Doubles
Venus Williams, Serena Williams

LONDON, England - The Williams sisters, 13-time Grand Slam doubles champions - including five titles here in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2012 - were forced to cut their quest for the 2014 title short on Tuesday after Serena Williams had to retire from their second round match with a viral illness.

"Unfortunately Serena has been feeling unwell for the past few days and she just couldn't play to her potential today," Venus Williams said in a statement. "I'm really proud of her for trying because we just love playing doubles together. We are looking forward to coming back to Wimbledon next year."

"I am heartbroken I'm not able to continue in the tournament," Serena said. "I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me. I want to thank my sister, Kristina, Stefanie and our teams for their support. We were all looking forward to a great match. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of the fans for their cheers and understanding.

"I look forward to returning to Wimbledon next year."

Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele recorded a 3-0 retirement win and in next face No.9 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Zheng Jie, who beat Vera Dushevina and Chanelle Scheepers, 6-4, 6-1.

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