Serena Williams withdraws from French Open

Jun 05, 2018, 03:33
Serena Williams withdraws from French Open

Williams said she first was troubled by her pectoral muscle during the best performance of her return, a 6-3, 6-4 win in the third round against 11th-seeded Julia Goerges on Saturday. "It's extremely disappointing but I made a promise to myself that if I'm not at least 50 percent, I shouldn't play".

Williams: "I honestly don't have any thoughts about that. I didn't know she looked up to me that much or was involved in my career", she elaborated.

"It's very hard because I love playing Maria", said the American.

"Whenever I play her, I go out there the way I play everyone else". "This is so painful".

"I enjoyed the court and I think I've played my best match so far here".

Williams was playing in her first Grand Slam singles tournament since winning the Australian Open in January, 2017.

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

Even if Williams vs. Sharapova has not been competitive, it's still compelling. She was asked a ridiculous question.

On Sunday Simons apologised on Twitter, writing: "I apologise if my awkward ques seemed 2 empower Trump or attack Serena/ I SO admire her/ I've spent [my] lifetime fighting racism/ sexism/ homophobia".

And then the book was a lot about me. And who waits 14 years to ask Serena Williams a boring, sexist and racist question about Maria Sharapova?

"Especially having a daughter, I feel like negativity is taught".

Inside Tennis' Bill Simons asked Williams about Trump's alleged comments from 2004 that Sharapova's "shoulders were incredibly alluring" and that Williams was "intimidated by her supermodel good looks".

United States tennis star Serena Williams has withdrawn from her French Open last 16 match against Russia's Maria Sharapova, just hours before the encounter was planned to start.

Sharapova was looking to end her 14-year, 18-match hoodoo against Williams in a much anticipated grudge match, but now gets a walkover in the women's draw. "I would have made her cancel the doubles, believe me". "The success of one female should be the inspiration to another".

Williams and Sharapova, meanwhile, are set to get underway at 5 a.m. E.T. on Monday. "Basically, she couldn't play".

"I have cried in the locker room many times after a loss and that's what I have seen a lot of people do". It's a little bit sad, I think, for everyone. I put everything on the court, you know? Just her game matches so well against mine.

Five years ago, the two exchanged cutting remarks over rumors about whom they were dating five years. So it's just, like, I think it would be more shocking if I wasn't in tears.