Serena Williams Out Of French Open Due To Achilles
by Sean Randall | September 30th, 2020, 10:44 am

Sixth-seeded Serena Williams’s bid for a 24th Slam at the French Open came to end today. The 39-year-old withdrew ahead of her second round clash against Tsvetana Pironkova due to an ongoing issue with her achilles she first injured in her US Open semifinal loss to Victoria Azarenka.

“I really wanted to give an effort here. It’s my achilles that didn’t have enough to properly heal after the Open. I was able to get it somewhat better, but just looking long-term in this tournament, will I be able to get through enough matches? For me, I don’t think I could.

“Struggling to walk so that’s a tell-tale sign that I should try to recover”

“I warmed up and it was a very short warm-up. I talked to my coach and I was like, what do you think? What are your thoughts with this? We both thought about it and we really realized that more than likely it wasn’t the best to try and play today.”

It’s the second time in three years Serena has withdrawn from the tournament she has won three times. In 2018, she withdrew just before her fourth round clash with Maria Sharapova because of a pectoral injury.

“I feel like my body is willing,” Serena said. “This is not a nagging injury, this is an acute injury. So if it was my knee that would be more really devastating for me. But this is something that just happened and it’s super acute and that’s totally different. I feel like my body is doing really really well and I just ran into, for lack of a better word, bad timing and bad luck, really, in New York. It happened, but my body is actually doing really, really well.”

With the WTA fall schedule all but scraped, Serena likely won’t be back on court until Australia in January.

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3 Comments for Serena Williams Out Of French Open Due To Achilles

PK Says:

With Serena, the mind is certainly willing, but the body is increasingly sending signals that it is less willing.

She’s right to focus on healing the tendon – and then being ready for the Australian Open in 2021. It would be a wonderful signal to match Court’s 24 Slams in Melbourne!

chrisford1 Says:

I’m not sure how S Williams will be looked on in terms of Best player. It won’t be on pure Slamcount.
And it won’t be just Margaret Court she is measured against.
Steffi Graf had 21 of her 22 titles by age 27. Retired at 30. Williams has 23 on her Slamcount total at age 39.

PK Says:

When did Serena win her 23rd Slam? Feels like so long ago she could have been 27 at the time too!? ;)

The GOAT conversation is not interesting. She’s the greatest player of her generation – and that fact should stand by itself regardless of Slam counts and similar nerdy parameters.

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