Italian Open: Serena Williams Withdraw With Injury

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Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open after suffering a knee injury.  

Tournament organisers made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after Serena opened her clay-court season with a straight-sets win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson.

The American, 37, was set to play sister Venus Williams in the second round but said she would be “concentrating on rehab” now.

“I look forward to seeing you all at the French Open and next year in Rome,” she added.

It is not immediately clear if Serena will recover in time to play at Roland Garros, the second major of the year, which starts in less than two weeks.

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