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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates during his third round match against Spain's Robert Bautista Agut at French Open

Williams' good friend, second-seed Caroline Wozniacki, also exited the French Open.

The Frenchwoman briefly threatened a comeback when she pulled a break back for 5-3 after saving four match points, but then sent a routine forehand wide on the fifth match point in the following game.

Sharapova also said she had been surprised by Williams's withdrawal with a pectoral injury shortly before they had been due on court on Monday. Just her game matches so well against mine.

Nadal reserves a lot of respect for Schwartzman, who took a set off the world No. 1 at the Australian Open this year, and also tested him in a recent clash in Madrid.

"I've unfortunately been having issues with my pec muscle and unfortunately it's been getting worse", WTA quoted Williams as saying. And in her doubles match Sunday, "I tried a lot of different tapings and I tried lots of different types of support to see how it would feel under match circumstance, and it didn't really get a lot better".

Fans were waiting for Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams' clash right from the start of the year's second grand slam.

The finalist who beat Halep in Australia, Caroline Wozniacki, however, went home disappointed, losing to Russia's Daria Kasatkina, in a match that continued from the night before, when impending nightfall prevented the conclusion. Sharapova got a walkover into the quarter-finals as Serena Williams withdrew from the highly-anticipated match in less than an hour before the match.

Juan Martin del Potro, the injury hit 2009 US Open champion, reached his first French Open quarterfinal since 2012 by dispatching John Isner 6-4 6-4 6-4 and meets fellow US Open victor Marin Cilic, who held off clay-court danger man Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-1 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-3.

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Muguruza will face world number one Simona Halep, who got the better of Angelique Kerber over three sets, in the semi-final.

Sharapova's coach, Thomas Hogstedt, said that word of Williams's withdrawal arrived while his player was doing warmup exercises outside the locker room at Court Philippe Chatrier, waiting for the match ahead of theirs to finish.

Halep, who lost in last year's final, was playing 16th-seeded Elise Mertens. The last time the two were scheduled to play was in Qatar in February, but Halep was forced to retire.

Serving for the match, Halep dropped her serve for the first time.

It would have been the pair's 22nd meeting.

It had been the most eagerly-awaited match of the tournament, coming just two days after Williams had blasted Sharapova's autobiography for being "100 percent hearsay" when it came to references about her.

Their encounter follows 10-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal's fourth-round match against Maximilian Marterer, a 22-year-old German ranked 70th.

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