Serena Williams withdraws from French Open after injury

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Three-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open because of an Achilles injury.

The 39-year-old had been scheduled to play her second-round match against Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday. The American has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and was aiming to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.

Williams picked up the Achilles problem during her US Open semi-final defeat by Victoria Azarenka earlier this month. On Monday, she beat fellow American Kristie Ahn 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 in the first round at Roland Garros.

Williams won the French Open in 2002, 2013 and 2015 and is currently ranked ninth in the world. Unseeded Pironkova, 33, moves into the third round of the French Open for only the third time in her career.

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