“Right now I can’t actually serve… It’s kind of hard to play when I can’t physically serve.”
She is expected to get an on MRI on Tuesday and “see as many specialists as I can” before determining whether she can play Wimbledon in four weeks, per NBC Sports.
In her 67 career Grand Slams, this is the second time she has withdrawn from a singles play. The first time was during the 1998 Wimbledon because of a calf injury.
This is her first time dealing with a pectoral muscle injury.
“I’m beyond disappointed,” she said. “I gave up so much from time with my daughter to time with my family. I put everything on the court, you know? All for this moment. So, it’s really difficult to be in this situation.”
Williams was favored to win against Sharapova, whom she has beaten 18 straight times since 2005.
“It’s difficult because I love playing Maria…It’s a match I always get up for. Her game matches so well against mine.”
Sharapova released a statement after hearing the news about Williams withdrawal:
“I was looking forward to my match against Serena today and am disappointed that she had to withdraw…I wish her a speedy recovery and hope she returns to the tour soon.”