Serena withdraws from French Open with Achilles injury

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A three-time champion at Roland Garros Serena Williams’ search for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title will extend into another year after an Achilles tendon injury forced her to withdraw from the French Open on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

The 39-year-old had been scheduled to play her second-round match against Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova.

Williams picked up the Achilles problem during her US Open semi-final defeat by Victoria Azarenka earlier this month.

On Monday, she beat fellow American Kristie Ahn 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 in the first round at Roland Garros, but said she was struggling physically.

Williams won the French Open in 2002, 2013 and 2015 and is currently ranked ninth in the world.

Unseeded Pironkova, 33, moves into the third round of the French Open for only the third time in her career and will play either 32nd seed Barbora Strycova or Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic.

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