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Three-time French Open champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the ongoing Grand Slam tournament in Paris after suffering an achilles injury, the Roland Garros organisers said on Wednesday. Serena Williams was chasing Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles at the clay-court Grand Slam but had to withdraw before her second-round match, scheduled for Wednesday.

6th seed Serena Williams had defeated fellow American, Kristie Ahn, in the first round of Roland Garros on Monday. However, the former World No. 1 said she was struggling during the second set with the achilles injury. Notably, Serena had picked up the injury during the US Open earlier this month.

Serena Williams was due to play Tsevtana Pironkova in her second-round match on Wednesday but the American star decided to withdraw, saying it is not an acute injury but a nagging one and that she doesn't want to take the concern lightly. Serena also said her chances of playing another tournament in 2020 look unlikely.

"I think I need four to six weeks of sitting and doing nothing. I have been struggling to walk so that's a telltale sign that I should try to recover. Achilles is an injury you don't want to play with - I think it was one of the worst, don't want to get to that point, I want it to get better," Serena Williams said.

"I'm not sure I will play another tournament this year. It is not an acute injury, it is a nagging injury. I ran into bad timing and bad luck really."

Serena Williams had lost to runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the women's singles semi-final at US Open in New York. Serena had beaten Pironkova in the quarter-finals of US Open after coming back from behind in a 3-set encounter.

Since her return to tennis following the pandemic, Serena had suffered a 3-round exit at the Top Seed Open and a pre-quarters loss at the Cincinnati Masters.
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