Serena Withdraws From Bastad

Serena Williams has had to withdraw from the Collector Swedish Open in Bastad next week. The World No.1 is the defending champion at the International-level clay court tournament.

Published July 10, 2014 12:13

Serena Withdraws From Bastad
Serena Williams

BASTAD, Sweden - After retiring during her second round doubles match at Wimbledon due to a viral illness, Serena Williams has withdrawn from her title defense at the Collector Swedish Open.

"I have decided not to play in Bastad next week because I am still not at 100%," the World No.1 said. "I want to be in top physical shape to compete and I expect to start training next week. I want to thank all of my fans in Sweden and everyone associated with the Collector Swedish Open for their support and understanding. It was my favorite spot to play last year and I am deeply saddened I cannot return.

"But there is always next year, and believe me, I look forward to it."

Williams' victory in Bastad last year was something very special - for all the Grand Slams and Premier titles she has won in her career, it was her first - and still her only - International-level title.

Take a look back at highlights from the final and trophy ceremony from last year here:

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