Tennis star Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open

Tennis star Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open

- Tennis superstar, Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Roland Garros (French Open)

- The 39-year-old cited an Achilles tendon injury from a match at the US Open as her reason for withdrawing

- Williams said it was more than likely she would not be playing in any other tournaments for the rest of 2020

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Tennis superstar Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open. This comes after the 39-year-old suffered an Achilles tendon injury at the US Open semi-final against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

The mother of one said she was "struggling to walk" and that she needs four to six weeks to recover from the injury. Williams added that it's more than likely that she won't play another tournament for the rest of 2020.

Williams has had a past of health scares with a pulmonary embolism causing a clot in her lung back in 2011. She has not given any indication that she would retire any time soon and she is expected to return for the Australian Open in 2021.

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Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French open

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Roland Garros (French Open). Source: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
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According to News24, Williams has not won a Slam since winning the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant. Williams was scheduled to play a second-round match against Tsevetana Pironkova of Bulgaria today. BBCSport said that on Monday Williams defeated Kristie Ahn of America in the first round of the French Open but she added that she was physically struggling during the encounter.

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported on Williams losing the US Open semi-final match to Victoria Azarenka. Williams lost her goal to obtain 24 Grand Slam single titles after she suffered a loss against Victoria Azarenka this week.

Azarenka, who won the match, faced Naomi Osaka in the US Open final. Serena, who had suffered a jarred Achilles injury before the match, commended Victoria for her great win, commenting that she may have become a little slow, which gave Victoria even more of an edge. Williams said:

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"I started really strong. Then she just kept fighting. She just changed and started playing better and better. Maybe I took a little too much off the gas pedal at some point. She played really well."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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