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Serena Williams Injured and Out of French Open


After a resurgent first week at the French Open, Serena Williams was stopped short on Monday — not by her would-be opponent, Maria Sharapova, but by an injury to her right pectoral muscle that forced her to withdraw shortly before their fourth-round match was set to begin.
“Right now I can’t actually serve,” said Williams, 36, as she announced her withdrawal in an overstuffed interview room at Roland Garros. “It’s kind of hard to play when I can’t physically serve.”
This is the first time Williams has withdrawn in the midst of a Grand Slam singles tournament, and it is the latest setback in her comeback from maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, last September.
“I’m beyond disappointed,” Williams said. “You know, I gave up so much, from time with my daughter to time with my family. I put everything on the court, you know. All for this moment. So it’s really difficult to be in this situation, but I always, for now in my life, I just always try to think positive and just think of the bigger picture and hopefully the next events and the rest of the year.”
After losing in the first round of the Miami Open to Naomi Osaka in March, she did not play on tour for nearly two months, choosing to focus on improving her fitness and honing her game at her coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s academy near Nice, France.
She played no clay-court warm-up tournaments before the French Open and arrived here ranked 453rd and unseeded. But she quickly began hitting high notes once the tournament began, winning three rounds and defeating two seeded players — No. 17 Ash Barty and No. 11 Julia Görges — to set up her latest duel with Sharapova, whom she has defeated 18 times in a row. 
But Williams said she began feeling pain her pectoral muscle during her third-round victory over Görges on Saturday. She still decided to play doubles on Sunday night with her sister Venus, a match they lost in three sets.
“In my doubles yesterday, I tried a lot of different tapings, and I tried lots of different types of support to see how it would feel under match circumstance,” she said. “It didn’t really get a lot better.”



source: nytimes.com
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