The 23 Grand Slams winner decided not to appear in the second round match against Tsvetana Pironkova. “It’s my Achilles tendon,” she excused herself.
The American Serena Williams, the 9th player in the world, withdrew from Roland Garros this Wednesday due to injury, before her second round match of the Paris tournament against the Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova (157th).
“It’s my Achilles tendon, which didn’t have time to heal after the US Open“explained the youngest of the Williams sisters, 39, at a press conference.
At Flushing Meadows, the American was defeated in the semifinals by Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, a match during which she had Achilles tendon discomfort.
He then went low for the Rome tournament, focusing on preparing for the French Grand Slam with his coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
“I am not 100% physically, but I do not know any athlete who feels in perfect physical shape,” he explained before the Parisian tournament.
“The Achilles tendon is an injury that cannot be played with, because it is not good if it worsens. I did not want to get to that point while I have the option to heal,” he added.
“I need four to six weeks, at least two weeks of doing nothing,” added Serena, who lost in the third round in Paris last year.
In 2018 she dropped out before the round of 16, and in 2017 she missed the tournament due to her pregnancy.
Serena Williams, desperately seeking a 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s record, was contesting her 18th Roland Garros.
His sister Venus (40 years old) has 23 participations, but since 2006 he has not passed the round of 16. The eldest of the family conquered Roland Garros in 2002, 2013 and 2015.