Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open with an Achilles tendon damage on Wednesday shortly earlier than she was speculated to face Tsvetana Pironkova within the second round on Wednesday.
The 39-year-old American, a three-time former champion at Roland Garros, was striving to say a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
“Struggling to walk,” Williams instructed a information convention. “I felt like I needed to walk with a limp.”
Williams had suffered the issue throughout her semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka within the U.S. Open and stated forward of her Roland Garros campaign that she was not at 100% bodily however had recovered sufficiently to play.
She spoke once more of the damage after her first round win over fellow American Kristie Ahn and apparently aggravated it whereas practising for her second-round match.
“An Achilles injury is not one you want to play with as it can get worse,” she stated.
Williams stated she was but to determine whether or not she would play once more this season, saying she wanted two weeks of full relaxation, however stated she still wished to proceed 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 additionally pulled out of the French Open in 2018 earlier than a last-16 conflict with Maria Sharapova.