Serena Williams' Grand Slam Comeback Cut Short Due To Injury

Tennis rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will face off at the French Open

Caroline Garcia was knocked out of the French Open fourth round by Angelique Kerber on Monday, but the local favorite is confident that she has what it takes to become the first French Grand Slam champion since 2013.

"I unfortunately have been having some issue with my pec muscle", the tournament's press office quoted Williams as saying. "It's kind of hard to play when I can't physically serve".

"I gave up so much time with my daughter and time with my family all for this moment".

The American pulled out of the match just minutes before she was met to meant Sharapova in the fourth round game.

The stunning news was first reported on a French TV channel, which confirmed that the former World No 1 was pulling out of the much-anticipated clash with arch-rival Sharapova because of an arm injury.

"I've always wanted to be a mom but I never seemed to have time with my career", she said at the 14th Annual Desert Smash Celebrity Tennis Event in La Quinta, California.

Despite her win, as Williams approached the final round, it appeared increasingly hard for her, although spectators and fans continued to cheer her on.

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"I can only take solace in the fact that I'm going to continue to get better", Williams told reporters. In my doubles yesterday I tried lots of different tapings. She told reporters, "I thought it was a ideal opportunity to see how I was going".

Serena Williams is withdrawing from the French Open with an injury. It didn't get a lot better. "I wish her a speedy recovery and hope she returns to the tour soon", Sharapova said in a statement.

Williams, who spoke softly and was understandably despondent when she faced the media, will have a scan in Paris on Tuesday to discover the extent of the damage.

"I think Serena can get close to winning another Grand Slam". I love you, ' Serena wrote on her Instagram.

Williams said she first felt the problem during her third-round win over German 11th seed Julia Gorges on Saturday.

Some couldn't help but think of Sharapova, who strolls into the quarterfinals.

Sharapova, victor of the title in Paris in 2012 and 2014, will face the victor of No 3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza and Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko for a spot in the semifinals. I've made every sacrifice I could.

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