Serena Williams pulls out of the French Open 2018 4th round match against Maria Sharapova. The Williams-Maria clash was pitted as one of the biggest matches of the tournament, hence Williams pulling out of the match at the 11th hour is a big set back for Serena fans. The 36-year-old 23-time grand slam champion, playing in her first slam since the 2017 Australian Open after maternity leave, told a news conference in Paris she had a pectoral muscle injury.

Apparently, Serena Williams cited reason as arm injury. Williams in the press conference also went on to reveal that she would be having a MRI scan on Tuesday and was non-committal on her Wimbledon prospects.

Serena, who has a 19-2 record against the Maria was going to start favourites but it is sad that the new-mother had to back out of a Slam in such a fashion.

The official Twitter handle of French Open 2018 wrote, “I unfortunately been having some issues with my pec muscle… right now I can’t actually serve so it’s actually hard to play when I can’t physically serve.”

It was supposed to be her 4th Round clash against Sharapova. With Williams pulling out, it means Maria Sharapova enters the quarter-finals, but not the way she would have wanted. All we can hope for is that she recovers fast and is ready for the Wimbledon which is slated for in a months time.