Ill Williams follows seeds out of Wuhan Open

Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:54am EDT
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(Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams added her name to the list of slain seeds at the Wuhan Open on Tuesday after the American was forced to retire from her second round match against France's Alize Cornet because of illness.

The top seed, playing her first match since winning her 18th grand slam singles title at the U.S. Open earlier this month, broke Cornet to lead 6-5 in the first set when she called for the doctor to come on court at the change over.

Williams sat solemnly, head down with a towel around her neck and a thermometer in her mouth during the examination before making the quick decision against continuing.

The 32-year-old also had her blood pressure checked and walked slowly off court with the help of the trainer, with reports saying she went to hospital for further tests.

She had shown flashes of her usual brilliance but looked shy of full fitness throughout her hour of activity on the center court, with the lengthy 11th game, which included several deuces, proving particularly taxing as she leant on her racquet between points.

Her exit only added to the headache for organizers of the inaugural $2.4 million hard court event, where top names tumbled in early action after the city's tennis trailblazer Li Na announced her retirement from the game last week.

Former world number one and 10th seed Jelena Jankovic was also forced to quit her second round match on Tuesday in the first set while trailing American CoCo Vandeweghe 4-1.

The Serb, suffering a back injury, joined 10 other seeds in failing to make the last 16.

They included Romanian world number two Simona Halep, who was beaten by an aggressive display from Garbine Muguruza to kick-off a second day of upsets in China.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates a point against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their women's singles finals match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Segar