Tennis champion, Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open before her fourth-round match with Maria Sharapova due to an injury.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner who had recently returned to tennis after giving birth to her first child, called a press conference today to talk about her decision, with reports in France claiming it could be an arm problem.
The 36-year-old said, “I’ve had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can’t serve”.
“The first time I felt it was against Goerges in my last match. I was like, oh my. It was really painful, and I didn’t know what it was. In my doubles I tried a lot of different tapings and different types of support to see how it would feel under match circumstance, and it didn’t get a lot better.
“I’m going to stay here and see as many specialists as I can. There’s a lot of theories. I’ve never had this before. I’ve never felt this in my life, this is so painful. So I don’t really know how to manage it yet. When you do have an injury you’ve had before you can kind of manage it, but this is a little different. I’m clueless as to what to do. So I’m just going to do what the doctors think I should do, and get all the evaluations on it.
“I’ll have a scan. I won’t know about Wimbledon until I get the results.”
The former World’s No 1 who has fallen to 453rd in the world ranking, after taking time out to have a baby was aiming at fighting her way back to the top.