Disappointment: Injured Serena withdraws from French Open

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"Unfortunately I'm having some issues with my pec muscle", she said at a press conference at Roland Garros. "It's kind of hard to play when I can't physically serve", she explained.

Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who despite her long run of defeats by Williams is still considered an arch-rival, wished her nemesis a "speedy recovery".

"I gave up so much". I always try to think positive'.

But - as we said above - today, Monday (June 4), Williams withdrew with a pectoral muscle injury, minutes before she was expected to take the court to face Maria in Monday's fourth round.

French TV first reported the stunning news that Williams would pull out of the match.

Despite her win, as Williams approached the final round, it appeared increasingly hard for her, although spectators and fans continued to cheer her on.

Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina stunned world No. 2 and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final. "The first time I felt it was against [Julia] Goerges in my last match".

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DeChambeau failed to take advantage, however, three-putting from 55 feet to fall into the three-way playoff. And he was again trying to keep things in perspective, having played his ninth tournament of the year.

"I tried a lot of different tapings and support and it didn't really get a lot better", the American added. She told reporters, "I thought it was a flawless opportunity to see how I was going".

It's the second time Williams has withdrawn from singles play in 67 career Grand Slams after retiring during a 1998 Wimbledon third-round match with a calf injury. Though she was playing excellent, it took a lot to get the point she's at now.

Sharapova had lost her last 18 matches to the former world No. 1 but the latest installment at Roland Garros was highly anticipated. "It didn't start before I got here". Just her game matches so well against mine.

After the withdrawal, Sharapova, the French Open champion in 2012 and 2014, will face either 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza or Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine.

"It was very nice, this headline, and I know that some people think I will never make it, but I'm sure I'm going to make it", the seventh-seeded Garcia told reporters. She is my priority and every day I need to be home with her. The victory advances Sharpaova to the quarterfinals.

"I'm trying really going out there, trying to enjoying also playing on clay", Kerber said.