Serena Williams
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American tennis great Serena Williams pulled out of her French Open Round-of-16 clash on Monday due to injury, sending Russian Maria Sharapova into the quarter-finals.

"Unfortunately I've been having some issues with my pec muscle. Right now I cannot actually serve, so it's hard to play when I can't physically serve," Serena told a press conference, just a moment before her fourth-round clash with Sharapova, which would have been their 22nd encounter.

Serena, 36, played her first Grand Slam tournament in Paris since giving birth to a daughter last September.

Serena, a 23-time Grand Slam singles title winner, had won 18 straight matches against Sharapova prior to Monday's scheduled head-to-head.

Source: IANS