Serena Williams Pulls Out of French Open Prior to Maria Sharapova Matchup
Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open — prior to a scheduled rematch with Maria Sharapova in the tournament’s fourth round.????According to USA Today, Williams revealed at a news conference that a pectoral issue has hindered her ability to serve.????She’s quoted as saying: "It's very difficult because I love playing Maria.
It’s a match I always get up for.
Her game matches up so well against mine.”????Williams is set to undergo an MRI after bowing out of the tournament.????This comes amid controversy over questions Williams was asked in an interview with Bill Simons of Inside Tennis.????Simons referenced a 2004 interview he had with now-President Trump regarding Williams’s loss to Sharapova at Wimbledon that year.????He alleges Trump called Sharapova’s shoulders “incredibly alluring” and claimed Williams was intimidated by her competitor’s “super model good looks.”????When asked about that and whether she’s ever felt intimidated on the court, she responded:????“I honestly don’t have any thoughts about that.
I can’t say I have been intimidated by anyone.
That’s it.”????Simons has since issued a mea culpa on Twitter, writing, in part: “I apologize if my awkward [question] seemed 2 empower Trump or attack Serena/I SO admire her/I've spent lifetime fighting racism/sexism/homophobia.”