Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open on Tuesday with a routine left knee damage. Serena Williams has withdrawn with a brand new knee ache,” organisers mentioned. The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s withdrawal comes an afternoon after she beat Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in immediately units to arrange a 2d spherical assembly together with her older sister Venus. She have been returning after greater than two months out with a knee downside, within the ultimate warm-up clay-court event prior to the French Open.
4-time Rome winner Serena, 37, had eased thru 6-Four, 6-2 her first spherical fit in opposition to Swedish qualifier Petersen.
Serena had additionally performed Petersen in the second one spherical on the Miami Open in March prior to chickening out with a knee damage.
Her withdrawal sends Venus Williams, the 1999 winner, thru to a 3rd spherical assembly with both Johanna Konta of Britain or American 7th seed Sloane Stephens.