Injured Serena withdraws from French Open, Nadal books last eight spot

Injured Serena withdraws from French Open, Nadal books last eight spot

Injured Serena withdraws from French Open, Nadal books last eight spot

She said she plans to get an MRI exam and remains hopeful that she can play in the Wimbledon Championships, which kick off on July 2.

"I've always wanted to be a mom but I never seemed to have time with my career", she said at the 14th Annual Desert Smash Celebrity Tennis Event in La Quinta, California.

"I've never felt this in my life so I don't really know how to manage it yet", Williams said.

In her press conference, Serena said she began to feel the issue in her third-round singles match against Julia Goerges.

'It's very hard because I love playing Maria, ' Williams said during a press conference.

Williams, 36, was playing in her first Grand Slam since the birth of her daughter in September past year.

Following a pectoral injury, Serena Williams has confirmed her withdrawal from the 2018 French Open ahead of her highly-anticipated clash against Maria Sharapova. "Right now I can't actually serve so it's kind of hard to play", she said. "It's a match I always get up for".

"When her whole drug incident [occurred], I was, like, she was fearless to say something".

The 23-time grand slam victor had played herself into form through three rounds in her grand slam comeback, but she took to the main interview room Monday to announce her withdrawal just minutes before the match was about to begin on the Philippe-Chatrier court in Paris.

Kasatkina, the 14th seed, will meet another Grand Slam victor, US Open champion Sloane Stephens, in the final eight.

Sharapova, then 17, stunned Williams, then 22, in the 2004 Wimbledon final for her first Grand Slam title. Especially having a daughter, like, I feel like negativity is taught.

This was Williams' first major tournament in 16 months, and her first as a mother.

It had been the most eagerly-awaited match of the tournament, coming just two days after Williams had blasted Sharapova's autobiography for being "100 percent hearsay" when it came to references about her.

"I enjoyed the court and I think I've played my best match so far here". I didn't have anything negative to say about Maria.

Moving on to their latest matchup, the record books show that Williams has dominated Sharapova, holding a 19-2 record with only four matches going to three sets.

Williams tried to play down the tag of favourite, given her lengthy absence after giving birth. "I was surprised about that, to be honest", she said. In 2015, one reporter questioned why she wasn't smiling after winning a match. I can only take solace in the fact that I'm going to get better.

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