Serena Williams 'beyond disappointed' as she withdraws from French Open due to injury
Serena Williams says she is 'beyond disappointed' after being forced to pull out of the French Open ahead of her scheduled round of 16 tie with Maria Sharapova.
Williams was making her much-anticipated return to Grand Slam tennis after giving birth to her first child but after two victories, she has withdrawn through a muscle injury.
Williams said: "Unfortunately I been having some issues with my pec muscle. Right now I can't actually serve so it's actually hard to play when I can't physically serve.
"I'm beyond disappointed. I gave up so much from time with my daughter and time with my family all for this moment. So it's really difficult to be in this situation."
The 36-year-old had dropped just a single set as she skipped through to the last 16, where she was due to meet Sharapova, whom she hasn't lot to in a stunning 14 year run, encompassing 18 meetings between the two.
Williams had said she felt like a 'warrior princess', playing in a cat suit at Roland-Garros.
Sharapova now progresses to the quarter-finals of the tournament for the ninth time.
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