Serena Williams quits French Open clash with Sharapova due to injury

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After winning her first Grand Slam match post-maternity leave last week-and drawing comparisons to a superhero in the process-Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, has announced that she will withdraw from the 2018 French Open.

Williams said she couldn't "physically serve" with the pectoral problem, adding she felt the injury during her third-round singles match against Julia Goerges on Saturday and during Sunday's doubles tussle with older sister Venus. Williams told reporters at a news conference that she had suffered an injury and was unable to play. "I gave up so much, from the time with my daughter and time with my family". I always try to think positive'.

The shock withdrawal, Williams' first in her 20-year career that she had pulled out during a Grand Slam event, came just minutes before she was due on Court Philippe Chatrier to face Sharapova. Many looked forward to this match, as Serena's lack of match play meant that the Russian might have had a chance.

"I've never felt this in my life", she said.

Williams wanted to return for the Australian Open, but when she wasn't in Grand Slam shape she worked extra hard to return for the French Open. I can only take solace in the fact I'm going to continue to get better.

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Garcia, whose best performance at a major came previous year when she reached the last eight in Paris, still has to deliver, but she peaked at a career-high seventh in the WTA rankings this month. It didn't get a lot better.

Williams said she was gutted to miss out on facing her rival. "I'm going to stay here and see as many specialists as I can", she said when asked when she'd be able to train again and if Wimbledon was in her plans. Because of the withdrawal, Sharapova will move into the quarterfinals.

Q: I know that you want to get back to Olympia; work with me here, please. "You know, it's just her game matches so well against mine", she added.

She will await the victor of Monday's match between Spaniard-Venezuelan Garbine Muguruza and Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko. I can't say that I have been intimidated by anyone. "But also, I made a promise to myself and to my coach and to my team that if I'm not at least 60 per cent or 50 per cent, then I probably shouldn't play".

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