“Very Sad News For Tennis”: Rafael Nadal on Serena Williams’ Withdrawal From French Open 2020


Nadal and Serena

After Flushing Meadows’s major event, Serena Williams has come to play at the French Open with her dream of winning the 24th Grand Slam title. But, She has withdrawn from the event just before her second-round match due to an acute injury. 

Whereas Serena Williams defeated compatriot Kristie Ahn in her opening round match on Monday, her second match was scheduled with Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday. However, the sixth-seeded American was forced to withdraw from Paris’s major event over health issues.  

“After I warmed up, it was a short warm-up, we realized my coach and I that it wouldn’t likely get better today. I love playing in Paris, I actually adore the clay, it’s so fun for me, and I really wanted to give an effort here,” said Williams in a press conference.


She continued, “So it’s my Achilles that didn’t have enough time to heal after the open properly. I was able to get it somewhat better but looking long term in this tournament, would I be able to get through enough matches, so for me, I don’t think I could, and struggling to walk is kind of a tell-tale sign. I should try to recover.”

“I Can Just Wish Her(Serena) a Fast and Good Recovery”: Rafael Nadal

Defending champion Rafael Nadal has reserved his place in the third round of the French Open 2020. Besides, the second-seeded Spanish bested the American Mackenzie McDonald in the straight sets during the second-round match on Wednesday.  

After a comfortable victory, Spaniard was asked about Serena Williams’s withdrawal from the event in the post-match press conference at Roland Garros.  


Nadal said, “I really don’t like to talk about things that I don’t know very well. I  don’t want to speculate how bad is the injury or not.”

“Of course, it is very sad news for tennis, for Roland Garros, and especially for her. Sorry for her. I can just wish her a fast and good recovery. Is there that all the comebacks are tough, especially when you get a little bit older, every time is more difficult.” he added. 

Rafa expressed,  “She showed an amazing passion for this sport. I really believe that she will be good in the next couple of months.”

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