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Serena Williams arrives ill at the end of Roland Garros

Serena Williams said she suffered “kind of a meltdown” after winning in the Roland Garros semi-final and has been resting in her Paris apartment for Saturday’s final.

The American did not train this day, nor did she give a press conference prior to Saturday’s match with the Czech Lucie Safarova, against whom she will seek her third title at Roland Garros and her 20th grand slam championship.

Instead, he issued a statement in a question-and-answer format that was distributed by tournament organizers.

“I started to feel bad around the third or fourth round,” Williams’ statement began. “And I felt really terrible during the semis” on Thursday, when she came from behind to defeat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky after dropping the first set. “I’m actually not sure how I managed to finish that match, and when it came to an end, I kind of had a blackout. I could not move”.

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The statement continues: “I think I have some kind of flu, which makes things difficult, because it’s just a matter of resting and staying hydrated — there’s not much else I can do. I felt really sick so I’m fighting that, I’m trying to sweat it out.”

As she heads up to face 13th-seeded Safarova, Williams said, “She’s a lefty, which always offers different challenges. I know I’m going to have to play really well if I want to win. But right now I just want to get better. Right now it’s hard for me to think about the match or winning another Grand Slam title.”

The 33-year-old American would be the second oldest tennis player to be crowned in the history of Roland Garros French if she beat Safarova, who for the first time in her career will participate in a Grand Slam singles final.

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