The organizers of the French Open tennis tournament, held this year at a new date due to the repercussions of the “Covid-19” virus, announced the withdrawal of the veteran American star Serena Williams due to injury, which will postpone her dream of winning her twenty-fourth title in the Grand Slam tournaments.
The 39-year-old was supposed to face the Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round on Wednesday, but it seems that the injury she suffers in her Achilles tendon, which also forced her not to participate in the Rome tournament, prevented her from continuing the journey in the French championship and trying to win her first title in the Grand Salam since the Australian Open in early 2017.
Serena confirmed in a press conference that “it is related to Achilles’ tendon, who did not have enough time to recover after the US Open.”
Serena had to call the attending physician during her semi-final match in the Flushing Meadows Championship earlier this month after injuring an Achilles tendon, but she continued the match and lost it to Belarusian Victoria Azarenka before announcing later that she would not participate in the Rome tournament.
Serena wanted to go in Roland Garros until the end and win her fourth title in the French championship after 2002, 2013, and 2015, because this would allow her to equal the absolute record number of titles in the modern amateur and professional, registered in the name of Australian Margaret Court (24).
The American has been unable to win any major title since she won the Australian Open in early 2017 while pregnant.
Serena said Wednesday, “I am struggling to walk and this is evidence that I have to try to recover.”