Serena withdraws from French Open with Achilles injury
PARIS (ITALY) – Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open with an Achilles tendon injury on Wednesday. This decision came shortly before she was about to face Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round on Wednesday.
The 39-year-old American was on her way to claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Williams told a news conference. “Struggling to walk. I felt like I needed to walk with a limp.”
Williams was going through the same problem during her semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka in the US Open. However, before her Roland Garros campaign, she had said that despite being not physically fit completely, she had recovered that she can sufficiently play.
She spoke of the injury following her first round win over fellow American Kristie Ahn, which apparently got worse while practising for her second-round match.
“An Achilles injury is not one you want to play with as it can get worse,” she said.
Williams said saying she needed two weeks of complete rest, but said she still wanted to continue her career.
“I love playing tennis. I love competing. It’s my job and I’m pretty good at it still… I’m so close to some things and I feel like I’m almost there… that’s what keeps me going.”
Williams also pulled out of the French Open in 2018 before a last-16 clash with Maria Sharapova.