Wednesday September 30, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – Serena Williams, 9th in the world, withdrew from injury Wednesday before her second round at Roland Garros, leaving Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova (157th) to pass without playing in the third round
“It's my Achilles tendon that didn't have time to heal after the US Open,” the younger Williams sisters, 39, told a press conference.  At Flushing Meadows, the American was beaten in the semi-finals by the returning Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, a match in which she was hit in the Achilles tendon. She then forfeited the tournament in Rome, contenting herself to prepare in France with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou for Roland-Garros. “I am not 100% physically, but I do not know any athlete who feels in perfect physical shape”, she explained before the start of the French Open.
“The Achilles tendon is a real injury that you don't want to play with, because it's not good if it gets worse. I didn't want to come to this, when I still have a chance for it to heal, “she added.
” I need four to six weeks, at least two weeks of doing nothing “, Said the American who remained on an elimination in the third round last year.
She had already withdrawn from Roland-Garros before her round of 16 in 2018, and had missed the 2017 edition for good reason. pregnancy.
Serena Williams, who is desperate for a 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court's record, was playing her 18th Roland Garros. Only her sister Venus (40) did better with 23 participations, but she has not passed the round of 16 since 2006 (quarter).
The younger of the Williams sisters has won Roland-Garros three times (2002, 2013 and 2015) since his debut on Parisian clay in 1998.