Serena Williams explains illness ahead of final
Serena Williams says she “just kind of collapsed” after winning her French Open semifinal and has been resting at her Paris apartment ahead of Saturday’s final.
Before facing Lucie Safarova with a chance for a third title at Roland Garros and 20th Grand Slam singles trophy overall, Williams didn’t practice Friday, and she didn’t do a pre-final news conference, either.
Instead, she issued a statement that was distributed by the tournament.
“I started to feel unwell around the third or fourth round,” Williams’ statement begins, “and I felt really terrible during the semis” on Thursday, when she came back to beat Timea Bacsinszky after dropping the first set.
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