Serena Williams will have to wait for another chance to win a 34th Grand Slam after withdrawing from the French pen with injury.
The 39-year-old has been chasing what would be a record-equalling major title for three years, and harboured hopes Paris may be the scene of her accomplishing another slice of history.
However, despite winning her first round match against Kristie Ahn, she withdrew from her scheduled clash with Tsvetana Pironkova.
Serena explained: “After I warmed up – it was a very short warm-up – I talked to my coach and I was like, ‘What do you think?’
“We both thought about it and we really realised that it likely wasn’t the best for me to play today.”
Williams suffered an Achilles injury in her US Open semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka earlier this month, and added the uniquely intense scheduling of 2020 was ultimately behind her decision.
“I love playing in Paris, I really wanted to give an effort here. My Achilles didn’t have time to properly heal.
“I’m struggling to walk so that’s kind of a tell-tale sign that I should try to recover.”
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