Serena Williams forced to pull out of French Open with arm injury

Serena Williams forced to pull out of French Open with arm injury

Williams, who said said she started feeling the issue during her last match, will get an MRI on Tuesday.

'I was looking forward to my match against Serena today and am disappointed that she had to withdraw, ' the Russian said.

"He said that when Serena lost the 2004 Wimbledon final, she was intimidated by Sharapova's supermodel good looks".

Williams suffered an injury to her right pectoral muscle during her third-round match against Julia Görges on Saturday.

"It's very hard because I love playing Maria", the 36-year-old said.

Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open with injury, shortly before a much anticipated fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova, victor of the title in Paris in 2012 and 2014, will face the victor of No.3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza and Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko for a spot in the semifinals.

"I have never physically cringed as hard as when I read this in Serena's transcript", said one Tennis writer.

Williams, who has won their last 18 matches, admitted she has read the book.

Williams then held a hastily-assembled news conference to confirm her withdrawal. Word is that the pectoral injury might be serious enough to keep her out of Wimbledon.

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Williams leads the series over Sharapova 19-2.

Her only other success against Williams came earlier in the same year at Wimbledon when a relatively unknown 17-year-old Sharapova stunned the defending champion 6-1, 6-4 with a shattering display of power-hitting that was nearly replicated a couple of days ago on Court Philippe Chartier in a 59-minute blitz.

Sharapova has dropped one set at this year's French Open. I sacrificed so much to be at this event. I've never felt this in my life - it's so painful.

Williams: "I honestly don't have any thoughts about that".

The two tennis superstars have not met since the 2016 Australian Open when Sharapova tested positive for the drug meldonium and banned for 15 months. She said that she can not play if she can not serve. So it's just, like, I think it would be more shocking if I wasn't in tears.

But Serena Williams, like the unbothered powerhouse she is, shrugged off the suggestion and shut the reporter's ridiculous questions down.

"The book was a lot about me", said Williams.

Sharapova has had her greatest successes this year during clay season.

"You know the challenge that is upon you".

Serena had gone into that match wearing her striking all-black catsuit but admitted she had had to tape her serving arm to try and protect the injury.

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