Serena Williams withdraws from French Open due to injury

Aubrey Yates
June 5, 2018

Williams said she will have an MRI scan in Paris on Tuesday and will stay in the French capital at least until the extent of her injury is clear.

'I was looking forward to my match against Serena today and am disappointed that she had to withdraw, ' the Russian said. "I won't know (how serious the injury is) until I get those results". "So it's really hard to be in this situation", the U.S. star added.

Maria Sharapova was set to attempt to end a 14-year, 18-match hoodoo against Serena Williams on Monday afternoon in Paris.

The news means that Sharapova advances straight through to the quarter-finals, where she will take on the victor of the match between third seed Garbine Muguruza and Lesia Tsurenko.

Serena Williams of the US returns a shot against Germany's Julia Georges during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

Williams had worked hard to get back in shape and was making her Grand Slam comeback at the French Open following the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia last September.

Williams, 36, was playing in her first Grand Slam since the birth of her daughter in September past year.

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The siblings - one of the best doubles teams ever - lost 6-0 in the third set to third seeds Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Serena's serve speed reportedly dropped as the match wore on.

It means the much-anticipated clash with Sharapova has been cancelled and the Russian will now go straight through to the quarter-final.

"I'm beyond disappointed", added three-time Roland Garros champion Williams who was playing in her first Grand Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena had been competing in the French Open for her first major tournament in 16 months.

Williams has recently returned after giving birth to daughter Olympia in September, while 28th seed Sharapova is back in the draw after being refused a wildcard a year ago as she returned from a 15-month drugs ban.

"I think there is a lot of things in her game that she's done much better than I have ... numbers don't lie". I've never felt this in my life, this is so painful. I'm not serving that often; I'm serving once every four games.I thought it was a ideal opportunity to see how I was. I can't say I have been intimated by anyone. It's just her game matches so well against mine. You know, I was, like, "Oh, okay".

That was 2004 and this is now, when Trump is President, but Williams wasted no time exercising control over the question like she had just done on the court. "I've done a lot of fighting and this is just the beginning".

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