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Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with injured knee

Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with injured knee

Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams plans to compete at the French Open despite withdrawing from the Italian Open with a knee injury.

"I must withdraw from the Italian Open due to pain in my left knee", Serena said, according to the Women's Tourism Association website. Williams made it to the fourth round a year ago at the French Open, her first grand slam since giving birth, with a pectoral injury.

The French Open gets underway on May 26.

She retired due to a viral illness during her third-round match against Garbine Muguruza in Indian Wells, California; and withdrew with the left knee injury before her third-round match at the Miami Open in March.

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A final conclusion over the current investigations is not likely to be reached before the start of next season's Champions League. The Scotsman has been one of Liverpool's standout players of the season, registering 13 assists in all competitions this season.

She started her 2019 Rome campaign with a solid straight sets win against qualifier Rebecca Peterson, easing through to a 6-4, 6-2 victory to book the highly-anticipated clash against Venus. Venus received a walkover into the third round.

American Collins, 25, will now play two-time Grand Slam victor Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday following Wozniacki's withdrawal.

The Italian Open has been a happy hunting ground for Williams: she last won the tournament in 2016, the fourth time she has claimed the title in Rome.


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