Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Serena Williams slams rival Maria Sharapova’s claims ahead of French Open clash

Serena Williams was not impressed by a reporter's post-match question GETTY IMAGES Serena Williams was not impressed by a reporter's post-match question
Domingo Copeland | 06 June, 2018, 01:53

She first felt a problem with her right pectoral muscle in her third-round match against Julia Gorges last Saturday and revealed yesterday that she could not serve.

The withdrawal was first reported to be coming on French television, but it wasn't confirmed until later, when the 23-time Grand Slam champion officially announced it.

"It's really hard to be in this situation, but... for now in my life, I just always try to think positively and just think of the bigger picture and hopefully (I can play in) the next events and the rest of the year".

She told reporters she was "beyond disappointed" she wouldn't be able to play her highly anticipated fourth-round match against Maria Sharapova.

In Paris to receive the International Tennis Federations's highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award on Tuesday night, Goolagong Cawley remains an unabashed Williams fan. The first time I felt it was against Goerges in my last match.

Williams added that the looming match with Sharapova also made the withdrawal disappointing.

The 36-year-old played alongside sister, Venus, in the doubles last night, losing in three sets and has now pulled out of the singles tournament.

"You know, it's just a match I always get up for".

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"I'm going to stay here and see as many specialists as I can", Williams explained. Though she was playing excellent, it took a lot to get the point she's at now.

It is unclear at the stage how serious the injury is and whether it would rule out Williams playing in Wimbledon, but the American champion will have the grass court tournament firmly in her sights. I sacrificed so much to be here'. You know, it's just a match I always get up for.

In his article, he wrote: "I asked Serena about comments President Donald Trump made to me in 2004 about her and Maria Sharapova".

It left the Paris crowd in Paris stunned and Williams said she will have an MRI scan today before making a final decision on whether she will be at the All England Club next month.

She will face either 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza or Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine for a semi-final place.

Serena was seen facing difficulty in even lifting her bag off court after her match on Sunday. The victory advances Sharpaova to the quarterfinals.

'I wish her a speedy recovery and hope she returns to the tour soon'.

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