Something was clearly wrong with
But Martina Navratilova doesn't believe that the world's top-ranked player simply had a viral illness, as the tournament referee's office and the
"I think virus, whatever they're saying it was, I don't think that was it," the nine-time Wimbledon champion told ESPNW. "I think it's clear that's not the case. I don't know what it is, but I hope Serena will be OK."
Williams, playing doubles with sister Venus against
Navratilova didn't offer any theories of her own about Williams' condition. Nor did she really express why she's not buying the explanation being given.
"You don't know what's going on, but virus was not it, that much is clear," Navratilova said.
The current analyst for the Tennis Channel added that Williams never should have taken the court in that condition. The five-time Wimbledon champ, who had been upset by
"It's the most inexplicable thing of all that she was clearly in no state to play a match and that with all the people around her, that they didn't stop her from getting on the court," Navratilova said. "... Everybody was put in such a difficult position, including the WTA. It's not right. It defies logic on so many fronts."
She added: "Once you step onto the court, you're a professional tennis player, you've got to be ready to play. No matter what is ailing you or no matter if you did anything to get you in that state or you're sick or whatever, you don't step on the court. You don't step on the court, no matter what."