Serena Williams called off her Grand Slam comeback because of a chest muscle injury on Monday, pulling out of the French Open shortly before she was supposed to play Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.
Williams held a press conference where she explained that she was unable to serve due to an arm injury.
The 36-year-old was playing in her first Grand Slam since returning to the sport following the birth of her daughter last year.
She added: "Not long after the tournament, I heard Serena told a friend - who then told me - "I will never lose to that little bitch again".
"I think there is a lot of things in her game that she's done much better than I have ... numbers don't lie". "So it's really hard to be in this situation", the U.S. star added.
"I put everything on the court, all for this moment". However, according to Sharapova the famous 2004 Wimbledon final where two-time defending champion Serena was beaten in straight sets has left a bad aftertaste. The American admitted to the tears but says other claims were "100% hearsay".
Maria Sharapova set up a mouth-watering French Open fourth-round encounter with Serena Williams after the pair eased through their third-round matches on Saturday.
Sharapova will now play either Garbiñe Muguruza or Lesia Tsurenko in the quarter-finals.
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Some have suggested that Serena shouldn't have entered the doubles competition with her sister.
"It's very hard because I love playing Maria", Williams said.
Serena's velocity on first serves dropped from over 110 miles per hour in the early going down to the 80s in the decisive set as the duo of Slovakia's Andreja Klepac and Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez shockingly bageled the sisters.
"Every match has been getting better for me".
'I'm ready mentally. I'm ready physically.
"I gave up so much". "I've done a lot of fighting and this is just the beginning".
"And I had such a wonderful performance in my first Grand Slam back". "I'm going to stay here [in Paris] and see some of the doctors here, see as many specialists as I can".
She now turns her attention to returning to fitness in time for Wimbledon, having been knocked out in the third round of the doubles on Sunday night.