Serena Williams Forced To Withdraw From French Open

Mae Harvey
June 6, 2018

"Right now I can't actually serve", Williams said, noting the injury has worsened since she first felt it in her last singles match Saturday.

Williams, who has 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, recently returned to tennis after giving birth to her first child.

"After the 2004 Wimbledon match with Maria, I had the opportunity to interview Donald Trump on his (Los Angeles) golf course, and he said that Maria's shoulders were incredibly alluring and then he came up with this extraordinary analysis: That you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks".

Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who despite her long run of defeats by Williams is still considered an arch-rival, wished her nemesis a "speedy recovery".

But, with Williams chasing a fourth French Open title after taking almost a year out to have her baby daughter Olympia, she withdrew yesterday less than a hour before the match was due to begin.

"I gave up so much time with my daughter and family all for this moment".

"Just try to think of the bigger picture, hopefully the next event, and the rest of the year". Her Monday match against Sharapova was highly anticipated.

The 24-year-old Garcia's face was in the front page of L'Equipe on Monday, quoting her as saying her goal was to "win a Grand Slam", and she did not change her statement after her 6-2 6-3 defeat on Court Suzanne Lenglen. I can only take solace in the fact that I'm going to get better. In my doubles yesterday I tried a lot of different tapings and support.

Williams: "I honestly don't have any thoughts about that".

Sharapova turned the situation around, but Garcia got a lot of praise.

She was scheduled to play Sharapova in a fourth-round match at Roland Garros, the third match on Philippe-Chartier Court after the match between Rafael Nadal and Maximilian Marterer. "It didn't start before I got here". "It's extremely disappointing", Williams said.

Sharapova will now face Garbine Muguruza in the last eight after the Wimbledon champion's opponent Lesia Tsurenko pulled up injured early in the first set of their match.

"It is hard because, like I keep saying, I have given up so much to be here".

In her press conference, Serena said she began to feel the issue in her third-round singles match against Julia Goerges. I've made every sacrifice I could.

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