Serena Williams Slams Sharapova's Book as 'Hearsay' Ahead of French Open Game

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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!

In explaining the decision, Williams, a 23- time Grand Slam victor, said she had problems with her right pectoral muscle which meant she was struggling with her serve.

"I unfortunately been having some issues with my pec muscle", she explained.

Williams, the champion in 2002, 2013 and 2015 and playing her first Slam since giving birth to her daughter in September, last took part a major at the Australian Open in 2017.

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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Team officials are going ahead as if Iguodala were unavailable for the remainder of the home stand. For me, I woke up feeling excited about the opportunity for us to get better today.

"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.

She will face either 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza or Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine for a semi-final place. I sacrificed so much to be at this event.

"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.

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