Serena Williams did not expect to end the Roland Gross tournament that way. The American (39), perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time, was forced to retire before her game in the second round today (Wednesday) against the Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova (ranked 157). Cause: Achilles tendon injury.
The American has previously won no less than 23 Grand Slams, but has been looking for the title since the 2017 Australian Open. In fact, since becoming a mother, she has failed to match legendary Australian tennis player Margaret Kurt who has won the title 24 times.
At the tournament’s press conference she said Williams: “I always give one hundred percent and that is what comforts me. I really wanted to make a big effort here. Now I can’t even walk and I have to take a break and try to recover. “
Serena was injured during the loss in the semifinals of the US Open against Victoria Azarenka earlier this month. She claims she needs two weeks of complete rest and then a month to a month and a half of rehabilitation.
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