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Serena Williams withdraws from French Open with injury

VOTE: French Open women's winner? Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, and Serena Williams in contention

With AP Photos.Serena Williams has called off her Grand Slam comeback. "There are times where I'm on the court and I'm practicing, and I look on the monitor, and I see my daughter and she's playing, and I want to be there", Williams said.

"I'm beyond disappointed", Williams said.

"The book was a lot about me". Her continued participation in the game after becoming a mother makes her case for being the greatest of all time a tad bit stronger.

Williams admitted it was painful to walk away from a first match against Sharapova since the 2016 Australia Open, after which the Russian was given a 15-month doping ban.

Sharapova and Serena's rivalry goes back to the time when the former registered a shock victory over the latter as a 17-year-old at Wimbledon 2004.

"I was looking forward to my match against Serena and am disappointed that she had to withdraw", said Sharapova in a statement.

Halep has now reached eight quarter-finals in the 10 tournaments she's played this year as the Romanian continues to chase her maiden Grand Slam title.

"I gave up so much to time with my daughter and my family and put everything on court for this moment", she said.

"I don't really know how to manage it yet".

In her last 18 straight losses to Serena, Sharapova has been able to take only three sets off her.

Williams paid the price of contesting six singles and doubles matches in seven days after just four matches in the previous 16 months following childbirth past year.

"It's very hard because I love playing Maria", the 23-time major champion added.

Sharapova released her book in September 2017 where she had written that Serena "hated" her because she had heard her cry after 2004 Wimbledon final.

"Every match has been getting better for me".

"I'm just going to do what the doctor thinks I should do and get all the evaluations on it".

Williams revealed she chose to play in the doubles to test her fitness but now faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon. I sacrificed so much to be at this event.

"I made a promise that if I'm not at least 60 percent or 50 percent, then I probably shouldn't play", she added.

"I tried a lot of different tapings and support and it didn't really get a lot better", the American added.