Injured Serena forced to withdraw from Roland-Garros 2020


The 23-time major champion hands Pironkova a walkover into the third round

Roland Garros 2020, Serena Williams, first round© Julien Crosnier/FFT

Serena Williams has been forced to withdraw from Roland-Garros 2020 ahead of her second round, citing an Achilles injury.

The 39-year-old American was scheduled to face Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in a last-64 clash on Wednesday.

Williams sustained the injury during her US Open semi-final defeat to Victoria Azarenka earlier this month.

The three-time Roland-Garros champion says the issue will require two weeks of rest followed by four to six weeks of rehabilitation.

Pironkova, who returned from a three-and-a-half-year absence at the US Open earlier this month and made a stunning run to the quarter-finals, now advances to the third round in Paris.

The match between last year's Roland-Garros semi-finalist Amanda Anisimova and Bernarda Pera has now been moved to Court Philippe-Chatrier.

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