Serena Williams withdraws from French Open

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during a press conference announcing her withdrawal from the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris on June 4, 2018.

Reuters/Benoit Tessier

PARIS — Serena Williams has called off her Grand Slam comeback, pulling out of the French Open because of a chest injury before she was supposed to play Maria Sharapova. Williams announced her withdrawal at a news conference at Roland Garros on Monday.

Williams’ voice quivered as she said she can’t serve because of a problem with her tight pectoral muscle. She has won the Grand Slam 23 times.

She and Sharapova were scheduled to play a fourth-round match Monday.

It was to be their 22nd head-to-head meeting. Williams has won 19 so far, including the past 18.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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