WASHINGTON -- Serena Williams provided an odd scene at Wimbledon Tuesday, when her sudden inability to serve the ball, or even maintain control of it in her palm something she s done countless times, with ease, in her career necessitated her and sister/teammate Venus Williams retiring from their second-round doubles match against Germany s Kristina Barrois and Switzerland s Stefanie Voegele.

The crowd sat in awe as a tournament doctor tended to a tearful Serena on the sideline.

I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me, Serena Williams said in a written statement after withdrawing, but not before the globalized internet had already begun speculating the culprit of her dazed, disoriented physical state.

Serena had apparently been overcome by a virus, said the Women s Tennis Association in a release.

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