Serena and Sharapova ready to sharpen the edge

05 June, 2018, 00:03 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Tennis rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will face off at the French Open

ESPN was the first to report that, despite the fact that Serena Williams was expected to play a fourth-round match against none other than Maria Sharapova today, she has suffered a chest muscle injury that forced Williams to pull out of the tournament!

In explaining the decision, Williams, a 23- time Grand Slam victor, said she had problems with her right pectoral muscle which meant she was struggling with her serve.

Having watched Williams surmount the rigors of pregnancy, childbirth and serious postpartum complications in the past 17 months, it's tempting to view a pectoral muscle issue as a relatively small speed bump.

"But I have cried in the locker room many times after a loss and that's what I have seen a lot of people do. I don't know. I didn't know she looked up to me that much or was so involved in my career", the 23 Grand Slam holder said. ". Right now I can't actually serve, so it's kinda hard to play when I can't physically serve". It hasn't been easy.

"I gave up so much to time with my daughter and my family and put everything on court for this moment", she said.

Serena Williams is easily one of the best tennis players of all time, but she still has to deal with idiotic questions from reporters.

"I honestly didn't think I played badly", said Wozniacki, who won the Australian Open in January.

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Despite her well-documented fall-outs with Sharapova, Williams insisted she had been looking forward to the match.

She has dominated the headlines in Paris as much for her play - she came back from a set and break down to beat Ashleigh Barty in the second round - as for her striking all-black catsuit.

She will face the victor of the clash between Garbine Muguruza of Spain and Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in the next round.

Serena and her sister Venus lost 6-4, 6-7, 0-6 to No 3 seeds Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

Maria Sharapova was set to attempt to end a 14-year, 18-match hoodoo against Serena Williams on Monday afternoon in Paris. She added: "She's never forgiven me for it".

Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who despite her long run of defeats by Williams is still considered an arch-rival, wished her nemesis a "speedy recovery".

"Any time you play against Serena, you know what you're up against", Sharapova said. I think this is just one of her best surfaces, and she always does really, really well here. It's normal. If anything, it shows the passion and the desire and the will that you have.to go out there and do the best.

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