Serena Williams: Tennis Starlet Pulls Out Of French Open
Serena Williams Unable To Compete In French Open Due To Foot Injury
Serena Williams has announced that she will be unable to compete in the French Open, which begins on May 22, due to lingering problems with her foot.
Here is her official statement (via ESPN.com):
"While I am making good progress, unfortunately I won't be able to compete in Roland Garros as I am continuing to rehab my foot and recover from the pulmonary embolism," Williams said in a statement emailed by her agent. "I am grateful for every moment I have and the fact that I have returned to the court. I am hopeful that I will be back competing this summer. Thank you all for your continued prayers."
The news wasn't a shock because Williams hasn't played in a tournament since last July, she has been dealing with foot problems and blood clots in her lungs, but it does take a lot of the shine off the French Open from the American side.
Right now there are no Americans ranked in the top 10 of the WTA rankings - Serena is the highest ranked at No. 19 and her sister Venus, who isn't likely to play in this tournament either, is No. 19.
The highest ranked American who will play in the French Open is Bethanie Mattek at No. 38.
Williams remains hopeful that she will be able to return later on this year, but she is facing an uphill battle. Tennis fans are hoping she does because the game is just more interesting with her challenging for championships.
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