Serena Williams Denies Being Drunk or On Drugs During Wimbledon Meltdown

By Shawn Dwyer 08/25/14

The current number one player in women's singles tennis claims she was 'dehydrated' and 'feverish' during a bizarre doubles match with her sister in July.

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Serena Williams, the world's most dominant female tennis player, has finally opened up about her bizarre doubles match with sister, Venus Williams, back in July.

A disoriented and clearly wobbly Williams was forced to retire from the match following several unsuccessful attempts to serve the ball over the net. In fact, Williams had difficulty even bouncing the ball in her hand before trying to serve.

“It was hard to watch,” said ESPN’s Chris McKendry at the time.

Immediately following her withdrawal, concern for Williams was evident and her team described the issue as a "viral illness." But the claim was summarily dismissed by tennis great Martina Navratilova, who said to ESPNW, “You don’t know what’s going on, but virus was not it: That much is clear.”

The following day, Williams was given a drug test and has so far not received any indication that it was positive.

“I have nothing to hide,” she told Sports Illustrated in answer to rumors that she was drunk or on drugs. “No, I didn’t take anything. If you want to ask me if I took drugs, I didn’t take drugs. I’m not on drugs...I don’t do drugs. Never did ’em. I’m scared of ’em. I’m not on that stuff.”

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