American professional tennis player, Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open, before her fourth-round match with Maria Sharapova.
The 36-year-old explained in a news conference at Roland Garros in Paris that her pectoral muscle injury caused her to withdraw.
The tennis star said, “Unfortunately I’m having some issues with my pectoral muscle. Right now I can’t actually serve so it’s kind of hard to play.
“It’s very difficult, I love playing Maria. I’ve made every sacrifice I could. I made a commitment to myself and my team that if I wasn’t at least 60% I wouldn’t play. I’ve never felt this in my life. It’s so painful.
“I’m beyond disappointed. I gave up so much from time with my daughter & time with my family all for this moment. So it’s really difficult to be in this situation.”
“I thought [doubles] was a perfect opportunity to see how I was going. I tried a lot of different tapings and support. It didn’t get a lot better.”
Sharapova will now play either Garbiñe Muguruza or Lesia Tsurenko in the quarter-finals.