ibusinesslines.com October 21, 2018

Injured Serena withdraws from French Open before Sharapova clash

09 June 2018, 12:47 | Charlene Valdez

Serena Williams

Serena’s fate in hands of doctors

The most anticipated match so far at the 2018 French Open was over before it began on Monday after Serena Williams retired just before her showdown with Maria Sharapova, citing a pectoral injury.

Diego Schwartzman reacts after beating No. 6 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the French Open fourth round at Roland Garros in Paris yesterday. But Kerber took her next chance when the seventh-seeded Garcia, again serving to stay in the match, hit a forehand wide.

Serena Williams at a press conference after announcing her withdrawal from the French Open.

Williams' voice shook with dejection and disbelief as she said she can't serve because of a problem with her right pectoral muscle. The Romanian beat Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1 to advance to her third quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

She even said, "It's been incredibly frustrating, but also I'm excited because I feel like I've been playing really, really well and I can only go up", Williams said on Instagram.

"I think the slower the surface is, the better for her", Wozniacki said.

The 10-time victor will next face a familiar foe, 11th-seed Diego Schwartzman, who rallied from two sets down to beat Kevin Anderson 1-6 2-6 7-5 7-6 (7-0) 6-2. Fognini started to match the enormous amount of winners to Cilic, and the match evolved into a nail-biting five-setter, but the Croat prevailed, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

"I love playing Maria - it's just a match I always get up for".

The exciting quarterfinals start on Tuesday, with a tantalizing match between sensations Dominic Thiem - the only man to defeat Nadal on clay this year - and Alexander Zverev, the only person to have won a clay Masters 1000 this year besides Nadal.

Sharapova's coach, Thomas Hogstedt, said that word of Williams's withdrawal arrived while his player was doing warmup exercises outside the locker room at Court Philippe Chatrier, waiting for the match ahead of theirs to finish.

At 31, Sharapova is the oldest player in the draw and also the most successful one.

When Kerber and Halep met in the Australian Open semifinals, Halep saved two match points and prevailed 9-7 in the third set.

She'll move on to face world No. 1 Simona Halep, who needed three sets to defeat No. 12 Angelique Kerber. This is 30-year-old's second time in the Round of 8 in French Open, last time being in 2012. The last time the two were scheduled to play was in Qatar in February, but Halep was forced to retire.

It would have been the pair's 22nd meeting. The Spaniard is targeting an 11 title in Paris this fortnight and has won his last 37 consecutive completed sets at the French Open (only Bjorn Borg has posted a longer streak of 41).

Nadal's win-loss record at the tournament is a mythical 83-2.

Other News

Trending Now

Argentina Soccer Game Cancelled Over Terror, Not Boycott — Israeli Sports Minister
Trying to keep politics out of the matter, the Israel FA showed Argentinean FA oficials both stadiums and said they could choose. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital, while the Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

"Ocean's 8" Is Chock Full of Cameos From Stunning Models
LISTEN: The Life Bites podcast explores the importance of women raising one another up, and how we can all be more supportive. There was plenty to dislike that even original Ghost Busters star/writer Dan Aykroyd didn't have kind words about the reboot.

Soldier steals armored vehicle from National Guard base
The chase was relatively slow as the vehicle in question only has a top speed of around 40 miles per hour (64 km/h). Yabut also posted some Tweets about the escapade - we've used screenshots in case of later deletion.

MacOS Mojave brings dark mode, better privacy, and more iOS ideas
Another new visual feature in Mojave is " Dynamic Desktop ", which changes the desktop wallpaper based on the time of day . Do it using iTunes so you're not dependent on the device connecting to the internet in order to restore your data.

Vans Joins Forces With Marvel For Extensive Collaboration
This indicates that we may see a new avatar of him, as Professor Hulk, a hybrid of Bruce Banner and the green monster. The picture reveals the new team preparing to take on Thanos in the final part of the Avengers franchise.

Grandmother freed by Trump after Kim Kardashian West's appeal reunites with family
After Trump commuted Johnson's sentence, Kardashian said that Trump called her personally to break the news. Around that time, she also got a divorce and one of her sons died in a motorcycle accident.

Wasim Akram Serves Legal Notice to Imran Khan's ex-wife Reham Khan
Nizami was the first to break the news about Imran's marriage to Reham, even when it was officially kept secret for two months. According to TOI, the latest book includes details of her interactions with various celebrities and also her marriage.