Injury Knocks Out Serena In Madrid

World number one and defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn with a thigh injury ahead of her Madrid Open quarter-final against Petra Kvitova.
Williams, 32, had played with heavy strapping on her left thigh throughout the week in Madrid, but aims to return at next week’s Italian Open.
The American will then defend her title at the French Open, which gets under way in Paris on 25 May.
“I suffered the injury during my first-round match”, said Williams. “I started to feel better but it is important that I have enough time to rest and recover. It’s very frustrating. This isn’t the way I wanted to end the week”.
Williams had won the title in Madrid for the last two years, and in 2013 she went on be crowned champion in Rome and then beat Maria Sharapova in the final at Roland Garros.
“I am planning to play in Rome”, she added. “Fortunately, I have a first-round bye next week so will have an extra day of rest”.
Sharapova, seeded eighth, made it through to the semi-finals in Madrid with a fine 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 win over second seed Li Na.
-Source: bbc.


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