Serena Williams pulls out ahead clash with Sharapova

Serena Williams pulls out ahead clash with Sharapova

Darren Sullivan
June 5, 2018

The on-court rivalry is so lop-sided it can barely be described as such yet Serena Williams' French Open fourth-round clash with Maria Sharapova on Monday feels like the biggest match played on the women's Tour this year.

Williams said she couldn't physically serve with the pectoral injury, adding she felt the injury during her third-round singles match against Julia Goerges.

"Unfortunately I'm having some issues with my pec muscle", she said at a press conference at Roland Garros. The fact that I physically can not serve at all is a good indication that maybe I should go back to the drawing board and stay positive. "I won't know [how serious the injury is] until I get those results". It hasn't been easy.

"I was looking forward to my match against Serena today and am disappointed that she had to withdraw", the 28th seed said.

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

"I don't have any negative feelings towards her, which again, was a little disappointing to see in that hearsay book... as a fan, I wanted to read the book and I was really excited for it to come out and I was really happy for her".

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Williams downplayed the match, saying that Sharapova probably should be favored.

Sharapova will go on to face either Lesia Tsurenko or 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza in the last-eight.

The clues were all there during her doubles loss on Sunday, with a reduced serve speed, a 6-0 third set loss and walking off the court without carrying her own bag.

"It is hard because, like I keep saying, I have given up so much to be here". "I can only take solace in the fact that I'm going to get better". So it's really hard to be in this situation, but for now in my life, I try to think positive. "I had such a wonderful performance in my first Grand Slam back".

Twice Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova joined her Czech Fed Cup teammate Pliskova on the sidelines, losing to Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) in a match originally scheduled for Friday. (Unrelated, too, but he should maybe learn how to spell "tumultuous"; it's not "Turlmultuos.") This is not a good look for any reporter, and it's more proof that just because you've been thinking about something for a long while, that doesn't mean it's any good or worth putting out there.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova saw her dreams of victory in Paris ended by a fantastic display by Anett Kontaveit.