Injury wrecks Williams' audacious French title bid

Also, Sharapova opened up about her relationship with Serena Williams, in her book 'Unstoppable: My Life So Far.' She described Williams as an intimidating personality.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is now many pundits' favourites for the title after dismantling Sam Stosur.

The unseeded Australian, world No. 90, was the French Open finalist in 2010, a three-time semi-finalist and the victor of the US Open in 2011. "I didn't know what kind of problem, but I knew there was something really wrong", Mouratoglou said. I've pretty much had every injury in the book, but this is a little different.

"I gave up so much to time with my daughter and my family and put everything on court for this moment", she said. "So I thought it was a ideal opportunity for me to kind of see how I would be and how I would go in that". "I just feel like it's only going to do better".

Next up will be a meeting with either her long-time nemesis Serena Williams, who has beaten Sharapova in 18 successive encounters dating back to 2005, or Germany's Julia Goerges. But she hid that bit of information - even from her coach - and a day after Williams struggled through a doubles loss with her sister, Venus. You know, despite the record that I have against her, I always look forward to coming out on the court and competing against the best player. So it's extremely disappointing. "I would have made her cancel the doubles, believe me".

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"Right now, I can't actually serve so it's actually hard to play when I can't physically serve".

"The fact that I physically can't serve at all is a good indication that maybe I should just go back to the drawing board and stay positive", Williams said, "and try to get better and not get it to a point where it could be a lot worse". I sacrificed so much to be at this event.

Monday's bombshell announcement was the first time in her 20-year career that Williams had pulled out during a Grand Slam event.

In a statement released by the tournament, Sharapova wished Williams "a speedy recovery".

"I really felt I needed to (play in the doubles) because I'm never going to know how I feel under match play if I didn't have that match", she explained.

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