Roland-Garros: Serena Williams withdraws for the rest of the tournament

Serena Williams will go no further than the first round this year at Roland Garros. Shortly before his second round match against Tsvetana Pironkova Scheduled for Monday in the second rotation on the Philippe-Chatrier court, the American announced that she was withdrawing from the rest of the tournament due to an Achilles tendon still painful: “My Achilles tendon is not sufficiently recovered”, she said, adding that she was having trouble walking normally.

“After my warm-up (Wednesday morning), which was very short, I asked my coach what he thought about it. We discussed it quickly, and we decided that it was not the best for me to play today”, she said at a press conference, annoyed at having to leave her 18th Roland-Garros so early.“I love playing in Paris, I love the clay. I really wanted to make the effort to play here. I could get a little better, but in the long term, would I have been able to do games? I don’t think so, I’m already having trouble walking. It’s a sign that I need to recover first. “

4 to 6 weeks of recovery

Will Serena Williams be seen on a tennis court in 2020? Evasive, the American left the doubt and seems to need rest. “I think I need 4-6 weeks of recovery, with at least two weeks doing nothing. Then I can start training again. To be honest, I don’t know if I will be able to compete in a another tournament this year. “

The American had already struggled in her first set against her compatriot Kristie Ahn, which she won in the tie-break. Coming ahead of the tournament to try to treat her aching tendon, she could not do it in time. “In the second set (against Kristie Ahn) I felt I had to limp and it was not good. I tried, I always give 100% and people know it, but it’s an injury that you don’t want to play with because it’s one of the worst when it gets worse. ” If clay is not her favorite surface, she was one of the candidates for the final victory.

At 39, Serena Williams will therefore not equal Margaret Court Smith’s 24 Grand Slam titles at this edition of Roland Garros. A goal behind which she has been running since her last success on a Major, at the Australian Open in 2017. Since then, she has lined up four finals (two at Wimbledon and two at the US Open in 2018 and 2019) without achieving impose themselves.

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