The 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has pulled out of the ongoing French Open on Wednesday, citing an injury scare on her Achilles Tendinitis. The 3-time French Open champion was slated to play the second round match against Tsvetana Pironkova but had to pull out of the match due to a painful niggle she […]
The 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has pulled out of the ongoing French Open on Wednesday, citing an injury scare on her Achilles Tendinitis. The 3-time French Open champion was slated to play the second round match against Tsvetana Pironkova but had to pull out of the match due to a painful niggle she faced during one of her warm-up sessions.
The American first experienced the very same injury during her semi-final match at the US Open, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka, just over a couple of weeks ago. Even though there were doubts over Williams’ decision to take part at Roland Garros, she did confirm her participation. Williams even talked about facing some discomfort after her first-round match. Yesterday, she experienced the same discomfort during her warm up before the second round match but with a little more intensity this time, which resulted in her not being able to walk properly. She quickly had a chat with her coach and decided to withdraw from the match.
“An Achilles injury is a real injury you don’t want to play with as it can get worse and I don’t want to get to that. This is not a nagging injury, it’s an acute injury. If it was my knee, it would be more devastating. It’s just bad timing and bad luck,” said the legend of the game, while breaking the news to the press.
Serena Williams: In pursuit of the all-time record
The 39-year old American is a living icon of the game and arguably the greatest women’s tennis player of all time. Only Margaret Court has more grand slams than her with a haul of 24 titles at the four most major tennis tournaments in the world. Ever since her return to the sport after a 10-month maternity break, Serena has been in pursuit of winning the record-equalling 24th title. Since then, she has played four finals – two each at US Open and Wimbledon in both 2018 and 2019, but was not able to cross the final hurdles. This just shows the level of consistency she brings to the court even at the back end of her career.
She said, “I love playing tennis. I love competing. It’s my job and I’m pretty good at it still. I am so close to some things and I feel like I’m almost there. That’s what keeps me going. My body is actually doing pretty well.” Such commitment and drive to continue playing the sport, coming from a woman who has achieved everything in the field, should be nothing short of an inspiration to everyone.
Does she really have to win that 24th title to be the G.O.A.T?
Even though many fans and critics who believe in numbers want Serena Williams to reach that milestone to truly call her the G.O.A.T, everyone deep down knows that she already is. She has been at the top of the game for two decades now and that is not something every other player can boast of. Many players do not even win one grand slam and here we are talking about someone who has done it a mind-boggling 23 times! To be very honest, she doesn’t need to win another grand slam or even a single match to be regarded as the greatest in the history of the sport. It’s time for us to sit back and enjoy watching the legend every time she graces the field.