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A look at Serena Williams’ dominant career
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past two decades, you know that Serena Williams has carved out a legendary tennis career. But if you’re a rock dweller, here’s a refresher on just how amazing it’s been.
Serena Williams, citing an Achilles injury that hasn’t had enough time to heal, withdrew from the French Open on Wednesday.
Williams said her Achilles did not properly recover following the U.S. Open, where the 39-year-old lost in the semifinals to Victoria Azarenka almost three weeks ago. Williams took a medical timeout during the third set of that match for a tape job on her Achilles; she also bowed out of the Italian Open, which was played beginning on Sept. 14.
“I was able to get it somewhat better. Just looking long term, in this tournament, will I be able to get through enough matches?” she told reporters. “So for me, I don’t think I could (have). (I’m) struggling to walk, so that’s kind of a tell-tale sign I should try to recover.”
That doesn’t make it any less disappointing for Williams, who has won three of her 23 grand slam titles at Roland Garros. She defeated fellow American Kristie Ahn 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 in the first round Monday and was scheduled to play Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in Round 2.
“I love playing in Paris. I actually adore the clay. It’s so, I don’t know, fun for me,” she said. “I really wanted to give an effort here.”
Williams said that the injury will require roughly two weeks of rest and that she likely won’t take the court again for at least a month, adding that her 2020 season might be over.
Contributing: Associated Press
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