Venus Williams has been forced to retire from her third round tie in the Australian opening after just seven minutes due to injury.
Williams had lost the first game to Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, before the seven times grand slam winner was forced to withdraw as a result of an injury.
Williams suffered a reoccurrence of a groin injury while lunging for a return, and her frustration was clear to see as she was forced to retire.
Williams spoke to reporters about her attempts to prevent the injury from re-occurring.
“The last 48 hours I did as much pain management and recovery that I could. A lot times you get this adrenaline that blocks pain. I just didn’t get enough of that today.
Williams suffered a muscle injury in the same area in the second round, where she defeated Czech Sandra Zahlavova on Wednesday.
The American’s retirement, sees only the fourth time in history where a grand slam will be without an American woman competing in the last 16, last seen at the French Open in 2008.
Williams spoke of her frustration at the reoccurrence of the injury; “This is just not how I envisioned my Australian Open being. I’ve never had to retire from a grand slam”.
“I was just hoping for some magic that I could recover. I’m just going to focus on getting healthy and coming back,” stated Williams.
She spoke about her continued love for the game and how she plans to continue playing.
“I love tennis and I’ve got a lot of great tennis in me. I love my job, so (there’s) no end in sight”.
After earning nearly A$40,000, and advancing to the next round, Petkovic had mixed feelings about her victory.
“I feel very weird about tonight.”Obviously I’m one round further which is great. But on the other hand I really felt great today. I really wanted to give it a real go.”
Petkovic will now face former champion Maria Sharapova in the next round.