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Williams withdraws from French Open

06 June, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • France´s Richard Gasquet serves to Spain´s Rafael Nadal during their men´s singles third round match on day seven

Williams, a triple French Open champion and 23-time Grand Slam victor, was due to renew her bitter 14-year rivalry with Sharapova in the last 16 at Roland Garros on Monday.

The withdrawal was first reported to be coming on French television, but it wasn't confirmed until later, when the 23-time Grand Slam champion officially announced it.

"I've unfortunately been having issues with my pec muscle and unfortunately, it's been getting worse", Williams told reporters in a press conference. To that I say: Serena needed all the match play she could get.

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The 23-time Grand Slam victor said the result of an MRI scan will determine her participation at Wimbledon. Williams, 36, was playing in her first major since winning the 2017 Australian Open. She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September and had mounted a comeback in what she called her "Wakanda-inspired catsuit" at Roland-Garros.

With Serena Williams withdrawing from her fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros, the tennis world scrambled to make sense of the news. I've never felt this in my life, this is so painful.

But Australia's tennis super-mum is still backing the American to add to her record grand slam tally, despite her French Open setback. "It's a match I always get up for and her game matches up against mine". "It didn't get a lot better". She told reporters, "I thought it was a ideal opportunity to see how I was going". Sharapova has won 11 of her last 13 matches on clay court. "I've pretty much had every (other) injury in the book".

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Sharapova, the champion in Paris in 2012 and 2014, will face either 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza or Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine for a semi-final place.

"It's very hard because I love playing Maria", said the American. "So I'm just going to do what the doctors think I should do, and get all the evaluations on it". "Her game matches so well against mine, and it is hard, because like I keep saying, I've given up so much to be here". She is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Her withdrawal allows Sharapova, a two-time French Open champion, to move into the quarterfinals. It's disappointing for me, the fans and the tournament that it's not going to happen.

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