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American Serena Williams, 9th player in the world, forfeited injury before her second round at Roland Garros, leaving Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova (157th) to pass without playing in the third round.
Serena Williams Won’t Lift Her 24e Grand Slam title this year at Roland Garros. Due to an injury, she withdrew Wednesday, September 30. The American champion will not play her meeting of the 2e turn against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova (157e), which therefore passes without playing 3e tower.
“It’s my Achilles tendon that didn’t have time to heal after the US Open,” the younger Williams sisters, 39, told a press conference.
On the first lap, she had a slow start. The American needed a set, 72 minutes long, to warm up: led 4-2, then 5-4 serve to be followed by her compatriot Kristie Ahn (102e), she had come out of the decisive game.