Over the last year, Venus and Serena Williams have been injured at the same time, they tried to return to Grand Slam tennis at the same time and today they were eliminated on the same day at Wimbledon.

After Serena lost to Marion Bartoli 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), Venus lost to Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-3. So much for the sisters who have won nine of the last 11 Wimbledon singles titles.

“Definitely not our best day,” Venus said. “I think we both envisioned seeing this day going a little bit different.”

Venus had not played in a Grand Slam since dropping out of the Australian Open because of injury; Serena had not played in a Grand Slam tournament since last year’s Wimbledon. The sisters last lost on the same day at a Grand Slam in 2008, in the third round of the French Open.

“Obviously it's not something planned,” Venus said. “We rarely lose on the same day.”