Serena Williams was pressured to withdraw from the upcoming Italian Open due to points together with her Achilles, in line with organizers for the clay court docket occasion. The harm was one which bothered Williams throughout her semifinal exit on the US Open in opposition to eventual runner-up Victoria Azarenka.
“I regretfully should withdraw from the (Italian Open) attributable to an Achilles pressure,” Williams mentioned. “I am so humbled by the continual help from my followers in Rome and I stay up for making my return quickly.”
The 39-year-old, who has received this precursor to the French Open 4 occasions in her profession, needed to name a full medical timeout whereas serving at 40-40, with Azarenka up 1-Zero within the third set of her US Open semifinal match to get her ankle taped up. Whereas she was in a position to return to the motion, it was clear one thing was bothering her for the rest of play.
Azarenka, who misplaced to Naomi Osaka within the US Open ultimate on Saturday, will face off in opposition to Venus Williams within the first spherical of the match set in Rome.
The Italian Open is scheduled for Sept. 27 and was delayed from its authentic Might date due to the coronavirus pandemic.