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Serena Williams withdraws from the French Open with Achilles injury: NPR



Serena Williams served during her first round women’s singles match against Christie Ann on the second day of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on Monday in Paris, France.

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Serena Williams served during her first round women’s singles match against Christie Ann on the second day of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on Monday in Paris, France.

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Serena Williams unexpectedly ended her latest candidacy for early recording of most Grand Slam single titles. She withdrew from the French Open on Wednesday due to an Achilles injury.

“It’s hard for me to walk, so it’s a kind of warning sign that I should try to recover,” the tennis player said at a news conference.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam single champion, injured his Achilles in the US Open semifinal loss to Victoria Azarenka earlier this month. She was to play Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday. But after a “very short” warm-up, she and her coach decided it was best not to play.

On Monday, she defeated Christie Ann 7-6 (2), 6-0.

Williams is bidding for his 24th major single trophy in the last few years, which will equal Margaret Court for most in history. Her next chance will be the Australian Open in January.

She believes it will take four to six weeks to recover.

“I think Achilles is a real injury that you don’t want to play with because it’s not good if it gets worse. I think it’s one of the worst. So I don’t want to get to that point,” she said.

“I don’t know if I will be able to play another tournament this year,” she added.


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