Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open with a pectoral muscle injury, minutes before she was expected to take the court to face Maria Sharapova in Monday’s fourth round. Williams said the injury has worsened since she first felt it in her last singles match Saturday, saying “Right now I can’t actually serve. It’s kind of hard to play when I can’t physically serve.” Williams said she would get an MRI on Tuesday and “see as many specialists as I can” before determining whether she can play Wimbledon in four weeks. Williams was favored against the two-time French Open champion Sharapova, whom Williams has beaten 18 straight times since 2005. “It’s difficult because I love playing Maria,” Williams said. “It’s a match I always get up for. Her game matches so well against mine.”

Serena Williams out of French Open before Sharapova match


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