Serena hands Sharapova victory with shock withdrawal

Paris – Former world No 1 Serena Williams has sensationally withdrawn from her women’s Round of 16 clash against bitter rival Maria Sharapova mere minutes before their clash at Roland Garros.

The 36-year-old said she had suffered a pectoral muscle injury in her
third round win over Julia Goerges and “can’t serve at all”.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion added that she would stay in Paris
for scans on the injury to find out how long she will be out of action.

Williams was playing in her first Slam after giving birth in September last year.

Williams holds a 19-2 win-loss record against Sharapova, with the Russian’s last victory coming in 2004.

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