Injured Williams out of Italian Open

Injured Williams out of Italian Open

Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open on Tuesday with a recurring left knee injury handing sister Venus a walkover into the third round.

This is not the first time this year that Williams has withdrawn from a tournament.

But the 31st meeting between the most famous siblings in sport is now off after Serena Williams announced around 5.30pm yesterday that she was pulling out for the third consecutive tournament. "I will miss the fans and competition at one of my favorite tournaments".

She trailed 3-0 against Alize Cornet in the opening round of the Madrid Open earlier this month and had to pull out because of a back injury.

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Serena Williams, of the United States, enters the central court to start her match against Sweden's Rebecca Peterson at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May, 13, 2019.

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

She reached the fourth round before withdrawing ahead of a much-anticipated clash with Maria Sharapova due to a shoulder problem.

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