On Monday 28th September, 2020, Serena Williams beat comrade Kristie Ahn 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 in the first round at the ongoing French Open. However, the three-time champion has today Wednesday 30th September, 2020 pulled back from the French Open in light of an Achilles injury.
The 39-year-old had been booked to play her second-round match against Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova, yet discovered difficulty in walking. The American has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and was aiming to rise to Margaret Court’s record-breaking record of 24. As per the tennis star, she need about a month and a half of sitting and doing nothing just to rest.
She described how Achilles is one of the most noticeably awful injury she has seen, and needs it to get better. Williams got the Achilles problems during her US Open semi-last annihilation by Victoria Azarenka earlier this month.
Narrating her experience, she said:
“In the second set I felt I needed to walk with a limp,” Williams added. “I had to focus on walking straight so I wasn’t limping. I tried and always give 100%, I take solace in that. “I’m not sure I will play another tournament this year. It is not an acute injury, it is a nagging injury. I ran into bad timing and bad luck really.”
Williams won the French Open in 2002, 2013 and 2015 and is presently positioned ninth in the world.