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No showdown: Injured Serena Williams out of French Open

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sharapova’s coach said the Russian player was waiting courtside when they were informed of Williams’ withdrawal.“It was a shock,” Thomas Hogstedt said. “We were ready. We prepared a long time for this match.”Their match had shaped up as the most-anticipated of the women’s tournament, even though Williams has won 19 of 21 previous head-to-head encounters, including the past 18 in a row.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serena Williams of the U.S. serves against Germany’s Julia Georges during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )PARIS — Serena Williams called off her Grand Slam comeback because of a chest muscle injury on Monday, pulling out of the French Open shortly before she was supposed to play Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.“It’s extremely disappointing,” Williams said during a news conference at Roland Garros. “But also, I made a promise to myself and to my coach and to my team that if I’m not at least 60 percent or 50 percent, then I probably shouldn’t play.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, said she can’t hit serves because of a problem with her right pectoral muscle. Her voice trembled a bit as she explained that she will get an MRI exam and consult with doctors before figuring out what will happen next for her.“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,” Williams said, “and try to get better and not get it to a point where it could be a lot worse.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 36-year-old American was competing at a major tournament for the first time in 16 months — and for the first time since giving birth to her daughter last September.Sharapova wished Williams a speedy recovery and a rapid return to the tour in a two-sentence statement released by French Open organizers. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Djokovic’s next French Open foe was cleared of match-fixing “I was looking forward to my match against Serena and am disappointed that she had to withdraw,” Sharapova said.Williams said her chest began hurting in her third-round singles victory over 11th-seeded Julia Goerges on Saturday.“It was really painful,” Williams said, “and I didn’t know what it was.”Despite that, Williams played in a doubles loss alongside her older sister, Venus, on Sunday and tried to limit the pain by taping up the muscle. But nothing was effective enough that Williams thought she could continue in Paris.Her withdrawal allows Sharapova, a two-time French Open champion, to move into the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentslast_img read more