Injured Serena out of French Open

06 June, 2018, 07:31 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Tennis rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will face off at the French Open

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.

Serena's velocity on first serves dropped from over 110 miles per hour in the early going down to the 80s in the decisive set as the duo of Slovakia's Andreja Klepac and Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez shockingly bageled the sisters.

"I unfortunately have been having some issues with my pec, my pec muscle, and has unfortunately been getting worse to the point where right now I can't actually serve".

Williams said she first started feeling pain during her third-round singles victory over 11th-seeded Julia Goerges on Saturday.

"Plus I wanted to try different tapings and different strappings and lots of different stuff to see what was helping and what I could try in my singles match".

"Those four games at the beginning were really important, and after that I relaxed and I could play a little bit better".

"I love playing Maria - it's just a match I always get up for. I won't know about Wimbledon until I get the results".

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"Beyond disappointed"I gave up so much, from time with my daughter to time with my family".

"It was very nice, this headline, and I know that some people think I will never make it, but I'm sure I'm going to make it", the seventh-seeded Garcia told reporters. "It was really painful and I didn't know what it was", added Williams. I've made every sacrifice I could.

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On Monday, she was scheduled to face Maria Sharapova in what some have been trying to bill as a "grudge match". Williams also is not sure when she will be able to return to action, leaving her Wimbledon status in doubt with just a month before the next slam begins.

Williams hadn't played in a Grand Slam tournament in 16 months, after giving birth to her daughter last September.

No. 1 Simona Halep, a two-time runner-up at Roland Garros, will play former No. 1 Angelique Kerber, a two-time major champion elsewhere, in Wednesday's other quarterfinal after both picked up easy straight-set wins in the fourth round. I didn't manage to find the rhythm, to be focused on my match.

Sharapova, victor of the title in Paris in 2012 and 2014, will face the victor of No 3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza and Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko for a spot in the semifinals. She awaits the victor of Muguruza-Tsurenko.

"She's a true champion and she'll work hard and she'll want to get back". I put everything on the court, you know. The French television feed showed Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, hopping onto the court after the match and taking her bulky racket bag out of her hand before she could sling it on her aching shoulder.

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