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Serena Williams Withdraws From French Open

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    It's always sad to see athletic giants like Serena Williams experience hard times and disappointment. Unexpectedly, she withdrew from the French Open because of an Achillies injury. This ended her latest bid to tie the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles. She told reporters at a press conference that she was struggling to walk. So she took it as a sign that she should try to recover. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion injured herself just a month earlier in a U.S. Open semifinal, losing to Victoria Azarenka as a result.

    She told the press:

    "I think Achilles' is a real injury that you don't want to play with because that is not good 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'll be able to play another tournament this year," she added.

    I kind of know what she's talking about. I injured a major tendon in my forearm once. It wouldn't heal because I couldn't stop using my right arm long enough for it to recover. This went on for a year until I ended up having to get a cortisone shot, which fixed me right up. But yeah, tendon injuries are no joke. I hope she gets another stab at the record.

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    I definitely think she will, she'll just have to wait until 2021 now.

    Just looked it up, she is chasing only Margaret Court, who has 24 to her 23. Problem is Court retired when she was 35 or 36, and Serena is already 39 (just turned 39). That means she will be months away from 40 before her next chance in 2021. She will get 4 chances, hopefully to win two. That's the absolute best scenario for her - win 2/4 in 2021 and retire as the all-time leader with 25.

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    I definitely think she will, she'll just have to wait until 2021 now.

    Just looked it up, she is chasing only Margaret Court, who has 24 to her 23. Problem is Court retired when she was 35 or 36, and Serena is already 39 (just turned 39). That means she will be months away from 40 before her next chance in 2021. She will get 4 chances, hopefully to win two. That's the absolute best scenario for her - win 2/4 in 2021 and retire as the all-time leader with 25.

    Ok, good to know that she still has a chance. It would be tragic if she missed out on such an opportunity to cap off her career that way. It being next year should give her plenty of time to recover, hopefully.