Serena Williams was forced out of the French Open due to an Achilles injury on Wednesday, just shortly before she was set to take on Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round.
“I was able to get it somewhat better but just looking long-term at this tournament—and will I be able to get through enough matches—and so for me I don’t think I could,” she told reporters. “And struggling to walk so that’s kind of a telltale sign that I should try to recover.”
Serena first dealt with the injury during the U.S. Open, and was seen getting her foot looked at following her semifinal defeat to Victoria Azarenka.
“Just two weeks of sitting down and doing nothing and, after that, I’ve been told I need to do a little training,” Serena added. “But, doing the match on that, more than likely—I don’t know if I’ll be able to play another tournament this year. It will mean a lot of time to fully recover for the future.
I feel like my body is willing. This is not a nagging injury. This is an acute injury. If it was my knee, that would be more devastating for me, but this is something that just happened, and it’s super acute. That’s totally different. So, I think my body is doing really, really well. I just ran into, for lack of a better word, bad timing and bad luck in New York. It happened but my body is doing really well.”
Pironkova moves on to play the winner of 32nd seed Barbora Strycova and Barbora Krejcikova.