Serena Williams withdraws from French Open clash with Sharapova


• Williams ‘beyond disappointed’ after suffering pectoral injury
• Decision announced shortly before players were due on court

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open shortly before she was due on Philippe Chatrier Court to face Maria Sharapova in a much-anticipated fourth round showdown.

The 36-year-old 23-time grand slam champion, playing in her first slam since the 2017 Australian Open after maternity leave, told a news conference in Paris she had a pectoral muscle injury.

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