Serena Williams' husband rips reporter who asked awkward Maria Sharapova question

Serena Williams' husband rips reporter who asked awkward Maria Sharapova question

Minutes before Serena Williams' highly anticipated fourth-round clash against Maria Sharapova, the 23-time major singles champion withdrew with an arm injury.

Williams' appearance at this French Open was her first at a Grand Slam since the birth of her daughter in September, and the former World No 1 scored victories over Kristyna Pliskova, No 17 seed Ashleigh Barty and No 11 seed Goerges over week one in singles.

"I really felt I needed to (play in the doubles) because I'm never going to know how I feel under match play if I didn't have that match", she explained. She was unable to say whether she would be fit for Wimbledon, which begins in four weeks.

Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who despite her long run of defeats by Williams is still considered an arch-rival, wished her nemesis a "speedy recovery".

"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, but I know that these are the sacrifices you have to make to live out your dream".

Williams' withdraw is just another similarity she shares with Sharapova.

Yesterday's match was to have been the first between Williams and Sharapova in more than two years.

Williams added: "The first time I felt it was against [Julia] Goerges in my last match. I had such a wonderful performance in my first Grand Slam back", she added. "I can only take solace in the fact that I'm going to get better", said Williams.

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But many fans feel this latest inquiry fired at Serena - which is now a moot point since she dropped out of the French Open earlier today because of an injury - is probably the most preposterous.

Sharapova turned the situation around, but Garcia got a lot of praise.

Despite being uncertain about the severity of the setback, Williams is optimistic that she will return in the near future.

Sharapova gets a walkover as a result of Serena's withdrawal and will face either third seed Garbine Muguruza or Lesia Tsurenko in the last eight.

"It's very hard because I love playing Maria", said the American.

Williams said she would have to wait to find out the extent of the injury before deciding whether she can play at Wimbledon.

"I think Serena can get close to winning another Grand Slam. Her game matches so well against mine".

"I think the slower the surface is, the better for her", Wozniacki said.

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