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Serena withdraws from Rome, Venus into third round

Serena withdraws from Rome, Venus into third round”

Serving for the triumph in the next game, Serena repelled two break points and sealed the deal after yet another forehand error from the Swede, booking the second round clash against her sister Venus, the 31st overall, the first on the European clay since 2002 and in Rome since 1998!

Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams plans to compete at the French Open despite withdrawing from the Italian Open with a knee injury.

"I will miss the fans and competition at one of my favourite tournaments". Williams made it to the fourth round past year at the French Open, her first grand slam since giving birth, with a pectoral injury.

"I'll be concentrating on rehab and look forward to seeing you all at the French Open and next year in Rome".

Four-time Rome victor Serena, 37, had eased through 6-4, 6-2 her first-round match against Swedish qualifier Petersen. Venus will now play fellow American Sloane Stephens in the third round.

In March, she withdrew before the third round of the Miami Open due to the same issue with her left knee, and...

This is not the first time this year that Williams has withdrawn from a tournament. Her last match came against Peterson and she managed to beat the Swede again today, firing ten aces and dropping 13 points in nine service games.

She is a three-time French Open victor, claiming her last title in Roland Garros in 2015.



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