Serena Williams was scheduled to face Tsevatana Pironkova in the second round on Wednesday, before being eliminated from the French Open on Wednesday with an Achilles tendon injury.
The 39-year-old American, a three-time former champion at Roland Garros, was striving for the 24th Grand Slam title to equal the record.
“Struggle to walk,” Williams told a news conference. “I felt like I needed to walk limp.”
Williams had suffered a problem during her semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka at the US Open and stated ahead of her Roland Garros campaign that she was not 100% physically, but recovered enough to play.
He again spoke of an injury after fellow American Christie Ahn won the first round and clearly extended it while practicing for his second round match.
“An aching injury is not what you want to play because it can get worse,” she said.
Williams said she had yet to decide whether she would play again this season, adding that she needed two weeks of complete rest, but added that she still wanted to continue her career.
“I like to play tennis. I like competing. It’s my job and I’m still very good at it … I’m so close to some things and I feel like I’m almost there … that’s what keeps me going. “
Williams also dropped out of the French Open before the final-16 with Maria Sharapova in 2018.
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