While Serena Williams missed winning her 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open, former world number one has suffered a minor set back ahead of the French Open 2020. The 38-years-old American has withdrawn from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia(Italian Open) due to an Achilles injury.
After the tennis tours lay-off, Williams made her comeback at the Top Seed Open, where she lost her quarterfinals match against Compatriot Shelby Rogers in the three-sets. In the Western and Southern Open 2020, She was defeated by Greek Maria Sakkari at the round of 16.
In the 2020 US Open, the third-seeded Serena reached prefinals after defeating Kristie Ahn, Margarita Gasparyan, Sloane Stephens, Maria Sakkari, and Tsvetana Pironkova in her fixture. Eventually, She lost to her old rival Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals after winning a first set(6-1).
However, the four times Rome Open Champion Serena Williams said in a statement, “I regretfully must withdraw from The Internazionali BNL d’Italia due to an Achilles strain.” The Italian Open 2020 will take place from 14th September to 21st September in Rome.
23 times Grand Slam Champion also added, “I’m so humbled by the continuous support from my fans in Rome and I look forward to making my return soon.”
After the match against Victoria Azarenka, Williams mentioned, “I just was stretching. I ran for a shot, and of that first step that I took, it was a long point. It wasn’t my ankle, it was actually my Achilles. It just overstretched. And It was pretty intense. Then that was that.”
Serena’s 24th Grand Slam Title at the French Open 2020?
At the moment, Williams is looking for an opportunity to win her 24th Grand Slam whenever it is possible. While Serena is eager to play at Paris’s major, the injury became a barrier in her way to Europe. It will be difficult for any tennis player directly plays in the Clay-court Grand Slam tournament in the absence of warm-up matches. We hope she will get better soon.
The French Open will be held from 27th September to 11th October with a minimum crowd.