Maria Sharapova's book was '100 per cent hearsay', says Serena Williams

Clyde Nash
June 7, 2018

She was pregnant when she won the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam singles championship, the most for anyone during tennis' 50-year professional era.

Romanian Halep, twice a runner-up at Roland Garros, started slowly but once she found her groove, there was nothing the 16th seed could do to avoid a one-sided defeat.

Williams was slated to play Maria Sharapova, one of her biggest rivals, in the fourth round.

Williams announced her withdrawal at a news conference at Roland Garros on Monday.

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

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"I think the book was 100 percent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing", Williams said. Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said in an interview that an ultrasound revealed the injury to the muscle, but the extent wasn't clear.

Serena had gone into that match wearing her striking all-black catsuit but she admitted she had had to tape her serving arm to try and protect the injury.

"I tried a lot of different tapings and support and it didn't really get a lot better", the American added. "I didn't know what kind of problem, but I knew there was something really wrong", Mouratoglou said.

In a statement released by the tournament, Sharapova wished Williams "a speedy recovery".

Dressed in the black bodysuit with a red band around the waist she resembled a superhero - not just a supermum - and was playing as if she had never been away.

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In her last 18 straight losses to Serena, Sharapova has been able to take only three sets off her.

"And I have made every sacrifice that I could".

Kasatkina, the 14th seed, will meet another Grand Slam victor, US Open champion Sloane Stephens, in the final eight. "Basically, she couldn't play".

"I have pretty much had every injury in the book. I think what happens there should definitely maybe stay there and not necessarily talk about it in a not-so-positive way in a book".

"She's been playing for over a year now". I have never felt this in my life.

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Despite her well-documented fall-outs with Sharapova, Williams insisted she had been looking forward to the match.

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