No showdown: Injured Serena Williams out of French Open

Williams' Wimbledon fate rests on scans of her injured pectoral muscle as the American comes to terms with an abrupt exit from the French Open.

"But I believe I can hold a trophy not only here, I believe I can do it in every tournament I play".

It was in Melbourne that Sharapova tested positive for meldonium after which she served a 15-month doping ban.

"Quite frankly, she's probably a favourite in this match, for sure", added Serena.

"I wish her a speedy recovery and hope she returns to the tour soon".

Sharapova, victor of the title in Paris in 2012 and 2014, will now face the victor of No.3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza and Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko for a spot in the semifinals. 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.

Williams expressed disappointment about not getting to play Sharapova, a match she said she always gets excited to play. "Everybody looked forward to this match", Hogstedt said.

"It's really hard to be in this situation, but. for now in my life, I just always try to think positively and just think of the bigger picture and hopefully (I can play in) the next events and the rest of the year".

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Williams announced her withdrawal at a news conference at Roland Garros on Monday. Evidently the problem remained as the two of them do not often lose a deciding set 6-0.

"Physically I'm doing great".

"I have made every sacrifice that I could".

The 26-year-old made the French Open final last year but was beaten by Jelena Ostapenko in one of her previous three failed attempts at the last hurdle of a major. I sacrificed so much to be at this event. "I had such a wonderful performance in my first Grand Slam back".

"I enjoyed the court and I think I've played my best match so far here".

"We might gain one more day, and you never know how it feels tomorrow".

However, her status for Wimbledon where she has been champion seven times, will only become clear once she has had an MRI.

"The fact that I physically can't serve at all is a good indication that maybe I should just go back to the drawing board and stay positive and try to get better and not get it to a point where it could be a lot worse".


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