Serena Williams Speaks on Wimbledon Illness

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Serena Williams gave fans and onlookers a fright when she suddenly dropped out of Wimbledon due to a viral infection. Now, the athlete has finally broken her silence about what happened that day.

At a press conference at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, Williams expressed the seriousness of her illness.

“It was interesting and I was scared after,” she told the Associated Press. “I didn’t realize how I felt until later. In the moment I didn’t realize how sick I was. It’s weird but that’s the fight in me. I never know when to say when.”

But Williams’ big sister, Venus, knew it was time for her to leave the court.

“She kept saying, ‘Walk off the court, I’m the older sister and I say you have to leave,’” Williams said. “I’m feeling really good right now and I’m happy to be here.”

Since her breakdown, the tennis star has had three days of bed rest. And although she’s regained her strength and is game for her next matchup, Williams plans to undergo a few test after the season wraps.

She is expected to play Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Wednesday in the second round of the Bank of West Classic.