Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were scheduled to resume their renaissance on the Tennis court today, but Serena’s ill-timed injury means that the Tennis fraternity will have to wait a little more in order to see these two stalwarts take on each other on the Tennis court.
Serena was extremely emotional during her press conference, where in she had to hold back her tears while making the announcement of her withdrawal from the French Open, hours before her 4th round encounter with Maria.
Williams informed the world that it was in fact her pec muscle that had caused all the issue.
“I unfortunately have been having some issues with my pec, my pec muscle, and it has been getting worse to the point where right now I can’t actually serve. It’s kind of hard to play when I can’t physically serve.
“It didn’t start before I got here. The first time I felt it was against Goerges in my last match. That’s when I started to feel it. I was, like, it was really painful and I didn’t know what it was.
“In my doubles yesterday I tried a lot of different tapings, and I tried lots of different types of support to see how it would feel under match circumstance. It didn’t really get a lot better.
“I’m beyond disappointed. I gave up so much, from time with my daughter to time with my family. I put everything on the court, you know. All for this moment.
“So it’s really difficult to be in this situation, but I always, for now in my life, I just always try to think positive and just think of the bigger picture and hopefully the next events and the rest of the year.” Williams said.
The extent of the injury is unknown at the moment but it is feared that Serena could be ruled out of Wimbledon.
This was Serena’s first grand slam appearance after becoming a mother and she was looking strong to go deep into the tournament.
“I’m going to get an MRI tomorrow. I’m going to stay here and see some of the doctors here, see as many specialists as I can. And I won’t know that until I get those results.
“It’s very difficult, because I love playing Maria,
“It’s just a match I always get up for. You know, it’s just her game matches so well against mine.
“It is difficult, because like I keep saying, I have given up so much to be here. You know, there is times where I’m on the court and I’m practicing, and I look on the monitor and I see my daughter and she’s playing and I want to be there, but I know that these are the sacrifices you have to make to live out your dream.
“And I have made every sacrifice that I could. So it’s extremely disappointing. But also, I made a promise to myself and to my coach and to my team that if I’m not at least 60% or 50%, then I probably shouldn’t play.
“The fact that I physically can’t serve at all is a good indication that maybe I should just go back to the drawing board and stay positive and try to get better and not get it to a point where it could be a lot worse.” he added.