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Serena Williams unexpectedly wrapped up her latest offer to tie the record for the most Grand Slam titles early. She retired from the French Open on Wednesday due to an Achilles tendon injury.
“I have a hard time walking, so it’s kind of a telltale sign that I should try to recover,” the tennis player said during a press conference.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, injured her Achilles tendon in a US Open semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka earlier this month. Wednesday was supposed to play Tsvetana Pironkova. But after a “very short” warm-up, she and her coach decided it was best not to play.
On Monday, she beat Kristie Ahn in a 7-6 (2), 6-0 victory.
Williams has been bidding on her 24th major singles trophy in recent years, which would be tied to Margaret Court for most of history. His next chance will be the Australian Open in January.
He thinks it will take four or six weeks to recover.
“I think Achilles is a real injury that you don’t want to play with because it’s not okay if it gets worse. I think it’s one of the worst. So I don’t want it to get to that point,” she said.
“I don’t know if I will be able to play another tournament this year,” he added.