Injured Serena Williams pulls out ahead of power clash with Maria Sharapova

Arnold Nichols
June 7, 2018

"I'm beyond disappointed. You know, I gave up so much, from time with my daughter to time with my family".

"It's very hard, because I love playing Maria", she added.

Williams revealed she chose to play in the doubles to test her fitness but now faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon. "It's a match I always get up for and her game matches up against mine".

Meanwhile, during Williams' shock announcement, Nadal was fighting to round off his match with Marterer. Williams, who participated in the grand slam tournament for the first time since birth, won the the 75-minute game 2-0 with 6-3 and 6-4 sets and went out the last 16.

However, Marterer, who is ranked 69 places below the world No.1, battled on to force a tie-break, but he was ultimately out-gunned in ruthless exchanges with the 16-time major victor.

World No.1 and three-time champion, Serena Williams has withdrew from a much expected clash between herself and Russian Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros due to an arm injury.

To complete the top half of the draw, Croatia's Maric Cilic will face off against Juan Martin Del Potro.

Kasatkina, the 14th seed, had played beautifully to lead 7-6, 3-3 Sunday when play was called off.


Del Potro, the fifth seed, out-classed American John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

"It was not that easy as the score shows", said Halep.

"No, because she knew I would tell her not to play the doubles", he told the AP. The No. 1 WTA tennis player defeated the tournament's No. 16 seed 6-2, 6-1 in the first match on the Philippe Chatrier court in less than one hour.

"She's a tough opponent", said Wozniacki.

"I don't really know how to manage it yet".

The quarterfinals Tuesday are Sloane Stephens vs. Daria Kasatkina, and Madison Keys vs. Yulia Putintseva.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion added that she would stay in Paris for scans on the injury to find out how long she will be out of action.

The 26-year-old made the French Open final last year but was beaten by Jelena Ostapenko in one of her previous three failed attempts at the last hurdle of a major. Halep, in her bid for a first Grand Slam title, is set to take on either seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France or 12th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany.

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