Serena Williams withdraws from French Open before playing Maria Sharapova

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"I'm beyond disappointed. You know, I gave up so much, from time with my daughter, to time with my family". "After the 2004 Wimbledon match with Maria, I had the opportunity to interview Donald Trump on his LA golf course, and he said that Maria's shoulders were incredibly alluring and then he came up with his incredible analysis: That you were intimated by her super-model good looks". So it's really hard to be in this situation.

Serena Williams announced Monday that she was forced to withdraw from her French Open match against Maria Sharapova due to injury.

She will face the victor of the clash between Garbine Muguruza of Spain and Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in the next round.

"I'm sure she expected to win that match, another Wimbledon final".

Williams, who has won their last 18 matches, admitted she has read the book.

"I'm beyond disappointed", Williams said.

Williams cited a pectoral injury as the issue, saying she can't physically serve at the moment.

The pair have had a frosty relationship since they first met on court in 2003, although Williams said in her pre-match news conference on Saturday that she did not have any "negative feelings" towards the Russian.

Much has been made of the Williams-Sharapova rivalry through the years, despite the fact that Sharapova has only bested Williams twice in her tennis career.

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"I feel like women should bring each other up".

"I thought [doubles] was a ideal opportunity to see how I was going".

"I'm going to stay here and see some of the doctors here, see as many specialists as I can".

After the 15-month long suspension, imposed in 2016 for violating anti-doping regulations, Sharapova made her comeback to tennis in April 2017. Muguruza has won six of her last eight matches on clay court.

"It is hard to play when I can't physically serve". "I love playing Maria".

Sharapova has had more than a year to claw her way back to number 30 and reached the quarter-finals in Madrid and the semi-finals in Rome before the second major of the season.

"So I'm going to get an MRI tomorrow (Tuesday)". You know, I was, like, "Oh, okay".

But he also said that the tennis legend has such a balanced life right now, that she isn't "devastated" like she would have been years ago, when tennis was the only focus of her life.