Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open on Wednesday, moments before taking the field in the second round against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova.
The American said she was ordered to repair an Achilles tendon injury that got worse since the US Open, and immediately made it clear that equaling Margaret Court’s 24 majors record is what will lead her to her 40th year. .
Dropped off at 23 majors since winning Melbourne three years ago, Williams said there would be: “Just two weeks of sitting down and doing nothing and, afterward, I was told I have to do some training. But , coming to terms with that, most likely ̵
He added: “I feel like my body is willing. This is not a nagging wound. This is an acute injury. If it were my knee, it would be more devastating to me, but this is something that just happened and it’s super sharp. It is totally different.
“So, I think my body is doing very well indeed. I came across, for lack of a better word, bad timing and bad luck, really, in New York. It happened but my body is doing very well. And I can never sit too much because I have been working for over twenty years.
“I love to play tennis. I love to compete and I love being here. It’s my job and I’m still pretty good at it. So, until I feel like I’m not good, I’ll be fine. And I’m so close to some things. Like, I’m almost there. This is what keeps me going. “