Tennis star, Serena Williams pulls out of Italian Open
Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has pulled out from the Italian Open due to a knee injury.
The 37-year-old American was set to face her 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,”
Meanwhile, Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki hashalso pulled out in Italy.
28-year-old Wozniacki withdrew from her first-round match against American Danielle Collins because of a leg injury, having lost the first set 7-6 (7-5).
It is the second straight tournament at which the Dane has been forced to retire early on.
American Collins, 25, will now play two-time Grand Slam winner, Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday following Wozniacki’s withdrawal. Speaking on this, Collins said:
“Obviously, I feel for Caroline, what she’s going through with her injuries,”
“It’s never fun to go out there and play against somebody that’s hurt, and dealing with that kind of pain. I was happy with the way I played, but it’s just not a fun situation.”
The tennis stars’ focus is now on the French Open tournament which kicks off on 26 May. Serena Williams will be chasing her fourth title, while Wozniacki, a former Australian Open champion, has never gone beyond the quarter-final stage.