Serena Williams pulls out of French Open

GETTYSerena Williams has explained why she has entered the French Open doubles

"The fact that I physically can't serve at all is a good indication that maybe I should just go back to the drawing board and stay positive, and try to get better and not get it to a point where it could be a lot worse", Williams said. She was unable to say whether she would be fit for Wimbledon, which begins in four weeks.

This is the first time-in over two decades of Grand Slam play-that Serena Williams has withdrawn in the middle of a Grand Slam tournament.

"So it's really hard to be in the situation". The tennis pro made the announcement ahead of her scheduled match against Maria Sharapova on Monday, June 4.

She told reporters she was "beyond disappointed" she wouldn't be able to play her highly anticipated fourth-round match against Maria Sharapova.

Their French Open fourth-round showdown was billed as a grudge match - the chance for Williams to hit back at Sharapova's comments about her in her autobiography and an opportunity for Sharapova to end an 18-match, 14-year losing streak against the American. "One day I will make it".

Sharapova's walkover advances the dual French Open victor to a quarter-final on Tuesday against 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, who advanced when unseeded Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko retired, also injured, while trailing the Spaniard 2-0 on Monday.

After the 15-month long suspension, imposed in 2016 for violating anti-doping regulations, Sharapova made her comeback to tennis in April 2017. "I don't wanna miss any moments with her".

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"I think Serena can get close to winning another Grand Slam".

"I don't have any negative feelings towards her, which again, was a little disappointing to see in that hearsay book".

Williams' coach said the plan is to have an MRI scan to assess the damage of the injury.

Serena's withdrawal completely over-shadowed the remainder of Monday's last-16 programme.

Top seed Simona Halep of Romania is also through after she dispatched Belgium's Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1. Her opponent will advance to the quarterfinals.

Kevin Anderson, the sixth seed, and world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki were shocked yesterday by Diego Schwartzman 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2 and Daria Kasatkina 7-6, (7-5), 6-3 respectively.

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