Serena Williams withdraws from French Open before match against Sharapova

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Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open due to a pectoral injury ahead of her eagerly-awaited fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.

(Williams was 16 years old the only previous time she was unable to finish a match in a Slam, in the third round of Wimbledon in 1998 after sustaining a calf injury.) She had advanced to the semifinals in her past 10 Slams.

I started having some back issues, that I hadn't done previously, so you have to get used to it and the way your body reacts.

"I have cried in the locker room many times after a loss", Williams said quashing Sharapova's theory. "I don't know. I didn't know she looked up to me that much or was so involved in my career", the 23 Grand Slam holder said. Right now I can't actually serve so it's kind of hard to play. It hasn't been easy.

"There is a lot of things in her game that she's done much better than I have", Sharapova

"I was looking forward to my match against Serena and am disappointed that she had to withdraw", Sharapova said.

And, when you thought it couldn't get any worse, Simons doubled down on the sexism.

"I put everything on the court, all for this moment".

Sharapova's walkover advances the dual French Open victor to a quarterfinal on Tuesday against either 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza or unseeded Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko.

In addition, she and sister Venus accepted a wildcard into the doubles draw, where they were eliminated by No.3 seeds María José Martínez Sánchez and Andreja Klepac in three sets in the third round on Sunday.

"She worked like I have never seen her work before", Mouratoglou said of Williams' recent training stint at his academy in the south of France.

"I knew this would be very tough against a former US Open victor and a player who has made the final here", said 24-year-old Muguruza. I am going to stay here and see doctors.

"Especially having a daughter, I feel like negativity is taught". You know, I was, like, "Oh, okay".

Serena had gone into that match wearing her striking all-black catsuit but admitted she had had to tape her serving arm to try and protect the injury.

Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who despite her long run of defeats by Williams is still considered an arch-rival, wished her nemesis a "speedy recovery".

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