Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open before her second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova due to an Achilles injury.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion was scheduled to meet Pironkova on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Wednesday morning but pulled out as a result of an Achilles problem that she sustained at the US Open. She was not been able to recover sufficiently after her 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 first-round victory over Kristie Ahn.
“After I warmed up – it was a very short warm-up – I talked to my coach and I was like, ‘What do you think?’,” she said.
“We both thought about it and we really realised that it likely wasn’t the best for me to play today.
Williams still has her sights still set on a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. She said that she didn’t feel she would be able to get through enough matches in Paris.
She predicts her rehabilitation time will be around four to six weeks, starting with at least two weeks of complete rest.
“I’m definitely going to take that first two weeks of doing nothing and then I will start doing a little training,” she said.
“Doing the math on that, I don’t know if I’ll be able to play another tournament this year.
“I’m going to take the initial two weeks and then start from there….it will give me a lot of time to fully recover for the future.”