Monday, 25 June, 2018

Serena Williams Forced To Withdraw From French Open Due To Pectoral Injury

SerenaWilliams-cropped Former world number one Serena Williams
Sidney Guerrero | 09 June, 2018, 00:44

While Sharapova and Muguruza can prepare for a heavyweight quarter-final stoush, Williams is now in a race against the clock to be fit for Wimbledon.

Serena Williams is withdrawing from the French Open with an injury.

She said that it is very hard because I like to play against Maria.

However, after a preliminary meeting with a doctor, the 36-year-old was handed some positive news - although she is still yet to undergo an MRI scan.

Williams' voice quivered as she said she can't serve because of a problem with her right pectoral muscle. "This is so painful".

Williams told CNN she nearly died in the aftermath due to complications stemming from a pulmonary embolism, a condition that left her on her "death bed" in 2011. Her baby was born last September.

Third-seeded Muguruza had barely broken sweat, leading 2-0, when her Ukrainian opponent Lesia Tsurenko also retired with injury.

Sharapova wished Williams a speedy recovery and a rapid return to the tour in a two-sentence statement released by French Open organizers.

Williams appeared to dispute Sharapova's account and said anything that happens in the locker room should stay there. Some of those matches were very defining for me.

While rumours were circling around Roland Garros that Serena was injured, Venus took to Twitter to send her a good luck message ahead of her match.

"I have given up so much to be here".

'Hopefully you guys can be there to continue to keep cheering me on. "It's extremely disappointing but I made a promise to myself that if I'm not at least 50 percent, I shouldn't play", she added.

"Well, I think it would be odd for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", a glum Sharapova, who has lost 19 of her 21 matches against Serena, told reporters. The 10-time Roland Garros champ hasn't lost a set all tournament.

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It was Ackermann's second professional victory after he claimed a stage win at the Tour of Romandie earlier this season. We rode a flawless stage, technically and tactically, on the entire course".

"I'm trying really going out there, trying to enjoying also playing on clay", Kerber said.

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

Serena Williams of the USA celebrates after victory over Australia's Ashleigh Barty during their women's singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris.

World number one Simona Halep needed just 59 minutes to beat Belgium's Elise Mertens for the loss of only three games.

Nadal patted Marterer sympathetically on the chest at the net after winning on his second match point.

Serving for the match, Halep dropped her serve for the first time. "Yeah, I'm already starting to think about next match". Kerber also had it easy as she brushed aside the challenge posed by Caroline Garcia, beating the seventh seed in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

Nadal turned 32 Sunday but said he didn't feel old. I can't say I have been intimidated by anyone. "So I'll approach it very seriously". That's a real thing.

"Not long after I heard Serena told a friend, who then told me, "I'll never lose to that little bitch again".

The finalist who beat Halep in Australia, Caroline Wozniacki, however, went home disappointed, losing to Russia's Daria Kasatkina, in a match that continued from the night before, when impending nightfall prevented the conclusion.

"It's something like dream come true to play on this court, it was my dream since childhood", said Kasatkina after the match.

"Did you read David and Goliath?"

Sharapova replied to Serena's criticism after her quarter-final battering at the hands of Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

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