The 24th Grand Slam will continue to wait. Even before playing in the second round, Serena Williams retired from the Roland Garros today (Wednesday). The 39-year-old American, who has won the tournament three times in the past (most recently in 2015), has announced that she has decided to leave earlier than expected due to an Achilles tendon injury.
According to reports, Serena decided not to play after a short warm-up and shared with her team feelings: “My population did not have enough time to recover,” she said, adding that she had difficulty stepping on the leg.
“I think I need four to six weeks of sitting and doing nothing, at least two weeks of just sitting. After that I can practice a little bit. I don’t know if I can play in another tournament this year.” Ranked 9th in the world was scheduled to go up at 14:00 and play against Tsvetana Pironkova (157th in the world), who automatically advanced to the next stage.
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