Injury Forces Serena Out Of Madrid
Published May 09, 2014 12:14
MADRID, Spain - World No.1 Serena Williams' preparations for the French Open have suffered a setback after a thigh injury forced her to pull out of her Mutua Madrid Open quarterfinal with Petra Kvitova.
Williams picked up the injury during her first round win over Belinda Bencic, on Sunday, and, despite showing signs of improvement during her following two matches, announced her withdrawal on Friday morning.
"I have a left thigh injury and, unfortunately, have to withdraw from this year's Mutua Madrid Open," Williams said. "It happened during my first round match. It started to get better, but most importantly right now, I just need some time to rest and recover.
"It's beyond words. It's so frustrating. We couldn't ask for a better tournament and I love it here in Madrid. I love being a champion here. Manolo Santana and his team put on a great tournament. This is not the way I wanted this week to end."
"I am planning to play in Rome. Fortunately, I have a bye next week so will have an extra day of rest," Williams added. "For now, I will take it one day at a time and take advantage of some extra rest."
Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 9, 2014