Serena Williams bounced back from French Open with an injury to Akilis

Williams, 39, was bidding to win a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open semi-finalist Roland Garros earlier this month.

She said that the injury in New York had not sufficiently recovered her to compete in Paris.

“I was able to do it somewhat better, but was looking at this tournament for a long time – ‘Will I be able to get through enough matches?” – “And so for me I don’t think I could walk and was struggling to walk, so it’s like a teller’s sign that I should try to fix,” she told reporters on Wednesday.

Williams won his first match 7-6 6–0 against Roland Garros against Christie Ahn.
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Williams plays forehand during his first-round match against Christie Ahn.


Withdrawing from the tournament meant Pironkova, who lost to Williams in the quarter-finals of the US Open, would go straight to the third round.

Williams, who won three titles in Paris, said, “Definitely in the second set (in the first round match) I felt that I needed to walk with the nappy and it was not good.”

“I had to focus on walking upright so I wasn’t lame. I tried – I always give 100% and everyone knows that – if possible it can even be over 100%.

“I take solitude in it. I think Akilis is a real injury you don’t want to play because it’s not good because it gets worse. I think it’s one of the worst.”

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The French Open was originally scheduled to begin in May, but the coronavirus epidemic changed to an early September date.

Williams’ return means his next chance to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 majors will be the Australian Open due to begin in January.


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