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Injury Forces Serena Out Of Madrid

A left thigh injury has forced defending champion Serena Williams to pull out of her quarterfinal with Petra Kvitova at the Mutua Madrid Open.

Published May 09, 2014 12:14

Injury Forces Serena Out Of Madrid
Serena Williams

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."

Even with the injury, Williams, who is the reigning French Open champion, looked in good form in the Spanish capital and is planning to return in time for next week's Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

"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."

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