Why Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open

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She would have been able to use the tilt as a measuring stick for her comeback, a pencil mark on the doorframe indicating that she is still the taller of the two despite their actual height difference.

"I think Serena can get close to winning another Grand Slam".

Serena was seen facing difficulty in even lifting her bag off court after her match on Sunday. Williams said at a news conference Monday that she's unable to serve because of a pectoral problem.

Their on-court encounters have been a bit of a mismatch because Sharapova has proved to be the kind of prey Williams likes feasting on.

"Unfortunately I'm having some issues with my pec muscle".

After beating the Russian tennis player in every match since 2004, Williams revealed she could not play on Monday due to an arm inury.

The 23-times grand slam champion withdrew just minutes before her scheduled blockbuster fourth-round encounter with career-long rival Maria Sharapova.

Mouratoglou would have preferred that she didn't.

She was yet to comment on Williams' withdrawal. "Especially having a daughter, I feel like negativity is taught", she said. But Sharapova is well on her way, playing for more than a year and getting her ranking back up to No. 30. To be stopped like that is hard. "She's super positive", he said.

The five-time Grand Slam victor wrote: "In this locker room, where I was changing and she was bawling". What does it mean for Wimbledon? I can only take solace in the fact I'm going to continue to get better.

The 36-year-old American, three times a victor in Paris, has lost just two of their 21 meetings and their last-16 encounter on Monday will be among the most eagerly-anticipated of the whole tournament.

Saturday's head-scratching back-and-forth began with Simons asking, "I know you want to get back to (daughter) Olympia, work with me here, please".

After a 16-month absence from Slam tennis, and at the age of 36, Williams won her first three matches and looked to be a real contender in Paris before this pectoral injury truncated her tournament.

In explaining the decision, Williams, a 23- time Grand Slam victor, said she had problems with her right pectoral muscle which meant she was struggling with her serve.

Sharapova has won just two of their 21 meetings, including the 2004 Wimbledon final which she covered in some detail in her autobiography released past year.