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. Also Read - ATP Finals 2020 Results: Dominic Thiem Beats Rafael Nadal in Straight Sets to Boost His Chances of Reaching Semifinals
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. Also Read - Tennis: Prajnesh Gunneswaran Loses Hard-Fought Final in ATP Challenger in US, Lost to Denis Kudla
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. Also Read - Tennis: Novak Djokovic Equals Pete Sampras' Record of Six Year-end No. 1 Trophies
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.