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Tennis French Open: Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Tournament Due To Achilles Injury



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Elvis Kang, Sports Writer- Cameroon

The three-time women’s champion Serena Willians withdrew from the tournament with an Achilles injury

Williams was to go in for her second-round match against the accomplished Bulgarian veteran Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday after she had sustained an Achilles injury three weeks ago in the US Semi-finals

Serena was emotional in her press conference yesterday morning when she announced the news, and confirmed that could barely ‘walk.’

The withdrawal from the French Open means that the 39-year-old must wait again to have to equal Margaret Court’s tennis great record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

Serena Williams on AP Sports Press Briefing:

After my warm-up, it was very short, I spoke to my coach and I asked, “What do you think?”‘ Williams said.

‘We thought about it together and realized that it is not the best for me to play.

‘I love playing here in Paris no doubt, I really wanted to play here. It’s my Achilles that didn’t get enough time to properly heal after the US Open.

‘I was able to somehow make it better but looking at the tournament in the long-term perspective, can I play through the other matches?

‘I don’t think I could. I can barely walk so that’s a bad sign that I should focus on my recovery first.

‘I think I need four or more weeks of not doing anything and at least two more weeks of sitting down.

After those two weeks, I will need to do a little more training. I don’t know if I can play another tournament again this year

Serena Williams suffered the injury during her semi-final defeat against Victoria Azarenka on September 11 in New York.

The American is a three-time champion at the French Open, She won the tennis tournament in 2002, 2013, and 2015. Despite the injury, Williams won her Roland Garros opening match against Kristie Ahn on Monday.

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