Achilles tendon keeps Serena Williams out of Roland Garros 2nd round | Roland Garros

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Tsvetana Pironkova (157, WC)
Serena Williams (9, 6)

Serena Williams will not win Roland Garros this year. The American is absent from her match in the second round against the Bulgarian Pironkova. She is hindered by an Achilles tendon injury: “It suddenly turned up. This is just a setback.”

Later today, the 39-year-old former number 1 in the world should have played her second round match, but physical suffering prevents that. “I wanted to do well here, but I have trouble walking. So I better try to recover from that injury.”

“I always give myself 100 percent. This is just setback at the wrong time. It’s an acute problem, by the way, not a lingering one,” Williams told a news conference today.

Serena is still looking for a 24th grand slam title, with which she would match the record of the Australian Margareth Smith-Court. Her last triumph was Australian Open 2017, in the meantime she became a mother and got a few more chances, but each time it went wrong.

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