NOOOOO!!! Serena Williams Pulls Out of French Open Because of Injury

Serena Williams playing at the French Open on June 2, 2018, in Paris. Williams has pulled out of a highly anticipated game at Open that had been set for June 4, 2018, because of injury.
Serena Williams playing at the French Open on June 2, 2018, in Paris. Williams has pulled out of a highly anticipated game at Open that had been set for June 4, 2018, because of injury.
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It seems that we’ll have to wait a little longer to see Serena Williams dominate on the tennis courts once more. The superstar called off her grand-slam comeback and pulled out of the French Open on Monday because of a pectoral injury shortly before she was due to face archnemesis Maria Sharapova in a highly anticipated match.

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“It’s extremely disappointing,” Williams said during a news conference, ESPN reports. “But, also, I made a promise to myself and to my coach and to my team that if I’m not at least 60 percent or 50 percent, then I probably shouldn’t play.”

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According to the report, Williams is unable to hit serves because of issues with her right chest muscle. The tennis star explained that she will have to get an MRI and speak with doctors before deciding on her next move.

“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,” Williams said, “and try to get better and not get it to a point where it could be a lot worse.”

The 36-year-old has been on a mission for her tennis comeback a mere nine months since she almost lost her life after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

But on Saturday, during her third-round singles victory over Germany’s Julia Goerges, Williams said that her chest began to hurt.

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“It was really painful,” Williams said, “and I didn’t know what it was.”

Despite the pain, Williams played in the doubles alongside her sister Venus on Sunday. The sisters lost and were eliminated from the doubles tournament. The star athlete said that she tried to tape the muscle to limit her pain, but nothing worked enough that she felt like she could or should continue her singles matches.

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Her withdrawal has now reshaped the competition, with Sharapova, who has won the French Open twice, moving automatically into the quarterfinals.

Williams addressed her exit in an Instagram post Monday morning, thanking her fans for their support and noting in the caption: “You always live to fight for another chance. I’ve done a lot of fighting and this is just the beginning. Thank you a for the support. I love you.”

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Regardless of fans’ collective disappointment, we hope Queen Serena can take care of herself and heal well. We look forward to her crushing the competition again sometime very soon.

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Nina Lemone

In the long run, this withdraw is good. Her ranking is in the top 200 now and she’ll have an extra week to rest and rehab before her best tournament on her best surface: Wimbledon. Which is the most important thing since the gap between clay and grass season is the shortest on the tennis calendar. A fourth round showing is a very good result. The defending champ didn’t make it past the first.

Her serving in their doubles match yesterday was not her best (they got bageled in the final set), so this withdraw came as no surprise. Seeing someone try to serve through injury is no fun, which is what happened with David Goffin.

Plenty of big hitters are still left. No one is afraid of Maria anymore, but she does have the benefit of experience and that’s all she has going for her at the moment.

Stephens and Keys are into the quarters. Halep and Kerber are through, too. Muguruza should win today (hopefully). They are the favorites. Not Maria.