Serena Williams withdraws from French Open

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Serena Williams withdrew from Roland Garros on Wednesday, the tournament announced, as the American's bid for a 24th Grand Slam title suffered another blow.

The 39-year-old three-time champion in Paris had arrived at the tournament carrying an Achilles tendon injury.

She had been due to face Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round later today.