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French Open: Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Sharapova Clash

Williams, who said she first felt the problem during her third-round win over Julia Gorges on Saturday, added that she wanted to try to manage the problem before her match with Sharapova.

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Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open hours before her eagerly anticipated fourth-round match with Maria Sharapova after sustaining an injury.

Williams, 36, recently returned to tennis after giving birth to her first child last September, and hasn’t looked bad in her first major since winning the Australian Open in 2017 – her 23rd Grand Slam title.

“I’ve had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can’t serve,” she said.

“I’ll have a scan. I won’t know about Wimbledon until I get the results.”

Williams, who said she first felt the problem during her third-round win over Julia Gorges on Saturday, added that she wanted to try to manage the problem before her match with Sharapova.

“I tried lots of taping and support to see how it felt in match circumstances,” Williams said.

“It is hard to play when I can’t physically serve. I’ve never had this injury before, I’ve never felt it in my life and it was so painful.

“I don’t know how to manage it.”

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Williams said she will have an MRI scan in Paris on Tuesday and will stay in the French capital at least until the extent of her injury is clear.

Both Williams and Sharapova made comebacks at Roland Garros, and were set to rekindle their rivalry which the American has dominated having won 19 of their 21 meetings.

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