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Serena Williams Withdraws From Italian Open With Achilles Injury

I regretfully should withdraw from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia resulting from an Achilles pressure: Williams.© AFP




Serena Williams withdrew from the WTA clay-court event that begins Monday in Rome resulting from a left Achilles tendon damage sustained in her US Open semi-final defeat, the tour introduced Saturday. Williams, chasing her record-tying 24th Grand Slam single crown, misplaced to Victoria Azarenka in three units on Thursday on the Arthur Ashe Stadium hardcourt.

The former world primary, a four-time Rome champion, joins 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova in skipping the tuneup for the French Open, which begins on September 27.

“I regretfully must withdraw from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia due to an Achilles strain,” Williams mentioned in an announcement. “I’m so humbled by the continuous support from my fans in Rome and I look forward to making my return soon.”

Williams took a medical timeout in her New York loss to have the Achilles damage handled.

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“I just was stretching,” she mentioned after the match. “I ran for a shot, and off that first step that I took, it was a long point. It wasn’t my ankle, it was actually my Achilles. It just overstretched. It was pretty intense. Then that was that.”

Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty withdrew from Rome earlier within the week, the Australian star saying she would shut down her season resulting from coronavirus considerations and journey restrictions.

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