Serena withdraws from Rome with Achilles strain

Serena Williams serves during her fourth round match against Maria Sakkari at the US Open on 7 September 2020.

Serena Williams serves throughout her fourth spherical match in opposition to Maria Sakkari on the US Open on 7 September 2020.

Serena Williams withdrew from the WTA clay-court event that begins Monday in Rome because of a left Achilles tendon damage sustained in her US Open semi-final defeat, the tour introduced Saturday.

Williams, chasing her record-tying 24th Grand Slam single crown, misplaced to Victoria Azarenka in three units on Thursday on the Arthur Ashe Stadium hardcourt.

The previous world primary, a four-time Rome champion, joins 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova is skipping the tuneup for the French Open, which begins on September 27.

“I regretfully should withdraw from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia because of an Achilles pressure,” Williams mentioned in an announcement. “I am so humbled by the continual help from my followers in Rome and I sit up for making my return quickly.”

Williams took a medical timeout in her New York loss to have the Achilles damage handled.

“I simply was stretching,” she mentioned after the match. “I ran for a shot, and off that first step that I took, it was an extended level. It wasn’t my ankle, it was really my Achilles. It simply overstretched. It was fairly intense. Then that was that.”

Prime-ranked Ashleigh Barty withdrew from Rome earlier within the week, the Australian star saying she woul shut down her season because of coronavirus considerations and journey restrictions.

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