Venus Williams falls early in first match at her 24th Wimbledon; loses to Elina Svitolina

As Venus Williams entered Centre Court for her 24th Wimbledon appearance at age 43, she was welcomed with a standing ovation and stretched a green exercise band overhead. When the match against Elina Svitolina began, Williams played like her former self, but then disaster struck when she slipped on the grass and fell to the ground. She was treated by a trainer and kept playing, but was unable to overcome Svitolina in a 6-4, 6-3 defeat. Williams was shocked by the incident and spoke about how she was killing it before the fall. She was the oldest player in the field and was described as a “legend” by Iga Swiatek and Sofia Kenin. Coco Gauff was eliminated by Kenin in a highlight-reel matchup between two Americans. Williams has had many injuries and said she is still processing the incident. Svitolina had more aces and twice as many winners, and said she had to work hard for the win. The crowd showed their appreciation for Williams’ persistence and effort.

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