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Serena Williams Exits French Open Following Injury; What Happened?

The search for a record-equalling to the 24th Grand Slam title of Serena Williams, the Tennis star of The United States, will now be extending into another year after an Achilles tendon injury forced the star to withdraw from the French Open on Wednesday. Serena turned 39 this week, and she had been due to play Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova later in the second round in Paris. Still, after warming up for the matches, she decided that the injury was too severe to be continuing to play the match. Ranked at number 9, Williams is a three-time former champion of Roland Garros. She said that there are chances that she might not play again this year.

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Serena Williams
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She revealed that she warmed up, and it was a very short warm-up, and then she spoke to her coach and asked, what do you think? Williams said that she was struggling to walk, so that was a telltale sign that she should try to recover. She had suffered the problem during her loss in the semi-final match to Victoria Azarenka at the United States Open earlier this month and said ahead of the French Open campaign that physically she was not at her 100 percent, but she had recovered sufficiently to play.

Serena Williams Exits French Open Following Injury | Know Everything

This exit of Serena marks the earliest exit of her at any Grand Slam tournament since a loss in the second round in Paris in the year 2014. Her last major title came at the Australian Open of the year 2017 before going on to give birth to her first daughter Alexis Olympia.

Since resuming her career in the year 2018 after a maternity break, Williams has remained tantalizingly close to equalling Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, losing in four major finals. She said on Wednesday that she loves playing Tennis, she loves competing, it is her job, and she is pretty good at it. Still, she is so close to some things, and she feels like she is almost there. But that is what that keeps her going. In addition to this, she said, her body is doing really well. 

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Serena Williams
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The French Open, which is usually held in the month of May in Paris, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament has been set back to allow just 1,000 daily spectators.

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