Today in New Delhi, India
Jun 25, 2019-Tuesday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open with knee problem

The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s withdrawal comes a day after she beat Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in straight sets to set up a second round meeting with her older sister Venus.

tennis Updated: May 14, 2019 21:29 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Rome
Serena Williams,Serena Williams Tennis,Serena Williams Injury
Serena Williams of the US looks on during a press conference.(AFP)

Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open on Tuesday with a recurring left knee injury.

“Serena Williams has withdrawn with a new knee pain,” organisers said.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s withdrawal comes a day after she beat Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in straight sets to set up a second round meeting with her older sister Venus.

She had been returning after more than two months out with a knee problem, in the final warm-up clay-court tournament before the French Open.

Four-time Rome winner Serena, 37, had eased through 6-4, 6-2 her first round match against Swedish qualifier Petersen.

Serena had also played Petersen in the second round at the Miami Open in March before withdrawing with a knee injury.

Her withdrawal sends Venus Williams, the 1999 winner, through to a third round meeting with either Johanna Konta of Britain or American seventh seed Sloane Stephens.

First Published: May 14, 2019 21:29 IST