Williams had played every day in Paris, either in singles or doubles, including a doubles match on Sunday with her sister Venus where they lost to Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-0. A video replay on Tennis Channel showed Serena couldn’t even carry her tennis bag off the court following Sunday’s doubles match because her pec injury was so bad. “She was not able to serve today,” her coach Patrick Mouratoglou said on Tennis Channel. “The pain was much too strong. And also, if she would’ve played without being able to serve normal, she would take the risk to make the injury really, really worse. That would be really stupid.”
Serena: ‘right now I can’t actually serve so it’s kind of hard to play when you can’t serve’ pic.twitter.com/V2fV4Dw3ae— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 4, 2018
Williams was playing in her first Grand Slam event since giving birth to her daughter last September. The winner of 23 Grand Slam titles, she last played in a major when she beat Venus to win the 2017 Australian Open.
Video shows Serena couldn’t even carry her bag off court Sunday b/c of her pec injury. pic.twitter.com/iglWZlnWOa— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 4, 2018
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Women’s quarters are set in Paris. The top half is loaded. pic.twitter.com/7JmTqbzoWE— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 4, 2018