Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open ahead of her second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova after revealing that her ongoing Achilles injury has left her "struggling to walk". The 23-time Grand Slam champion defeated fellow American Kristie Ahn 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 on Monday, but organisers confirmed her withdrawal ahead of her scheduled second-round encounter on Wednesday morning. In a press conference, Williams confirmed that she is set to take the rest of the year off in order to let her body recover, with the stresses put on herself during her recent run to the US Open semi-finals taking its toll. The 39-year-old picked up an Achilles injury during her semi-final defeat against Victoria Azarenka at Flushing Meadows earlier this month, and although she did not speak of any issues after her first-round victory in Paris, a decision was taken to withdraw from Roland Garros in order to recover. “After I warmed up – it was a very short warm-up – I talked to my coach and I was like, ‘What do you think?’" Williams said. "We both thought about it and we really realised that it likely wasn’t the best for me to play today. “I love playing in… Read full this story
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