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Williams 'heartbroken' by Wimbledon withdrawal

Serena Williams says she is "heartbroken" at having to withdraw from Wimbledon because of a viral illness.

The American was forced to forfeit her doubles match with sister Venus at the All-England club after becoming unwell on court.

The 32-year-old was knocked out of the singles in the third round last week.

Serena Williams became unwell during the match on Court One earlier. Credit: PA Wire

"I am heartbroken I'm not able to continue in the tournament. 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," the five-time champion said in a statement.

"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."

Venus Williams added: "Unfortunately Serena has been feeling unwell for the past few days and she just couldn't play to her potential today. 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."

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Teenager knocks Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal has been knocked out of the tournament. Credit: PA Wire

World number one Rafael Nadal has been knocked out of Wimbledon after a shock defeat to Australian Nick Kyrgios.

The 19-year-old, who is ranked 144th in the world and making his Wimbledon debut, beat the Spaniard 7-6 5-7 7-6 6-3 on Centre Court to condemn the two-time champion to a fourth-round exit.

Kyrgios will now play Canada's Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.

Serena Williams suffering from a 'viral illness'

Serena Williams appeared groggy during the sisters' doubles match. Credit: PA Wire

Serena Williams was forced to withdraw from her doubles match as a result of a viral illness, Wimbledon organisers said.

The 32-year-old appeared groggy as she served four consecutive double faults on Court One, as the sisters forfeited the game in the first set.

"The word from the referee's office is that Serena Williams is suffering from a viral illness," a Wimbledon tweet said.

Read: Serena and Venus Williams forced to forfeit Wimbledon doubles

Serena and Venus Williams forfeit Wimbledon doubles

Serena Williams was forced to pull out of her doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon after she became unwell on court.

In scenes which were often uncomfortable to watch, the American appeared dizzy on court and was unable to hit or bounce the ball.

Officials treat Serena Williams during the match. Credit: Reuters

After she served four consecutive double faults, umpire Kader Nouni came down to speak to the sisters as the worrying situation continued.

The sisters eventually forfeited the match against German Kristina Barrois and Swiss Stefanie Voegele after going 3-0 down in the first set.

The commentator said Williams, who has won five Wimbledon singles titles, was a "shadow of herself" and appeared to be "sleepwalking" through the match.

Singing stars gather at day nine of Wimbledon

Singers Katherine Jenkins, Cliff Richard and Elaine Paige were spotted enjoying the action on day nine of the Wimbledon Championships.

Katherine Jenkins wore a navy blue spotted dress to watch the match from the Royal Box on Centre Court.
Katherine Jenkins wore a navy blue spotted dress to watch the match from the Royal Box on Centre Court. Credit: PA

Read: Judy Murray praises son's decision to appoint Mauresmo

Praying for rain? Sir Cliff Richard observed the formal dress code requirements at Wimbledon.
Praying for rain? Sir Cliff Richard observed the formal dress code requirements at Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Read: Andy Murray gets pep talk from Sir Alex Ferguson

Elaine Paige has come prepared on day nine of the Wimbledon Championships.
Elaine Paige has come prepared on day nine of the Wimbledon Championships. Credit: PA

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Judy Murray praises son's decision to appoint Mauresmo

Judy Murray has praised her son's decision to hire a female coach as she warned there were not enough young girls playing tennis.

Amelie Mauresmo (left) with Judy Murray at Wimbledon. Credit: Corinne Dubreuil/ABACA

Read: Judy Murray recounts the horror of the Dunblane massacre

On Andy Murray's decision to appoint former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo as his coach, Judy said: "It certainly raised awareness and became a huge talking point.

"It definitely shows that if you have the skills, the knowledge and there is a personality fit, there is absolutely no reason why women can't coach at the top end of any sport."

The captain of Britain's Fed Cup side - the international team competition for women tennis stars - also revealed her fears about the lack of young girls playing tennis.

She said: "The things that are trendy for kids to play with nowadays tend to be sedentary things, you sit and twiddle your thumbs or you watch something on a wide screen and that is just a fact of life."

Read: Andy Murray's mother 'to appear on Strictly'

Murray: 'Crowds give me a big lift'

Andy Murray celebrating his win over Kevin Anderson.
Andy Murray celebrating his win over Kevin Anderson. Credit: Reuters

Andy Murray has said the Wimbledon crowds 'give him a big lift' as he secured his place in this year's quarter finals.

Speaking after he sailed through three straight sets to beat South African Kevin Anderson he said: "I always try to concentrate when I'm on court. I don't worry about what's going on around me.

He added: "I just try to play tennis but when you're playing in front of a big crowd like that it gives you a big lift, it raises your intensity and makes it harder for your opponents as well in tight situations, so the crowd always help."

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