Serena Williams called off her Grand Slam comeback on Monday after suffering a chest muscle injury, pulling out of the French Open shortly before she was supposed to play Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.
During a news conference Williams said, “It’s extremely disappointing, but also, I made a promise to myself and to my coach, and my team that if I’m not at least 60 percent or 50 percent, then I probably shouldn’t play.”
Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, she isn’t able to hit any serves due to the injury that she is suffering with her right pectoral muscle. She will get an MRI and consult with doctors before deciding what her next move will be.
“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.”
This was the first time Serena Williams appeared in a major tournament in the past 16 months — and for the first time since giving birth to her daughter last September.
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.”
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