ESPN was the first to report that, despite the fact that Serena Williams was expected to play a fourth-round match against none other than Maria Sharapova today, she has suffered a chest muscle injury that forced Williams to pull out of the tournament!
"I unfortunately been having some issues with my pec muscle", she explained.
With Williams playing her first major in almost 18 months, only her third tournament since giving birth to daughter Olympia, the playing field had been evened a little. "To be able to put myself back in these positions and to not shy away from these moments, to come out on center court and want the challenge of moving forward and to be able to face Serena, I think that speaks for itself". "So it's really hard to be in this situation".
Just before the big match against Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams announced she will not continue in the French Open because of an arm injury.
It's been 14 years since Sharapova won against Williams and it has been 10 years since Sharapova took a set against Serena. I've never felt this in my life.
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"I'm beyond disappointed", Williams added. I'm going to stay here and see some of the doctors here, see as many specialists as I can.
He added: "If she had played and been unable to serve normally, she would have risked making the injury much worse. It didn't get a lot better", Williams said.
That's an understatement. Williams is 19-2 in her career against Sharapova. It's a match I always get up for.
"But on the day I can leave a Grand Slam saying I gave everything I had, I played a great match, is not here yet".
Asked whether it was a mistake to play in Sunday's doubles she replied: 'I really felt like I needed to play.