In­jured Ser­ena out of In­dian Wells

New Straits Times - - Sport -

World No 1 Ser­ena Wil­liams has pulled out of up­com­ing WTA tour­na­ments at In­dian Wells and Mi­ami be­cause of a knee in­jury, or­gan­is­ers said on Tues­day.

A state­ment is­sued by BNP Paribas Open or­gan­is­ers in Cal­i­for­nia quoted Ser­ena as say­ing she was with­draw­ing be­cause of a prob­lem with her left knee.

“Sadly, I have to with­draw from the BNP Paribas Open in In­dian Wells and the Mi­ami Open,” Ser­ena said.

“I have not been able to train due to my knees and am dis­ap­pointed I can­not be there. I will keep mov­ing for­ward and con­tinue to be pos­i­tive. I look for­ward to be­ing back as soon as I can.”

Or­gan­is­ers of this week’s event in In­dian Wells, which gets un­der way to­mor­row, said a re­vised draw would be is­sued later.

Ser­ena’s with­drawal means Ger­many’s World No 2 An­gelique Ker­ber will take over the world num­ber one rank­ing at the con­clu­sion of the BNP Paribas Open, which ends on March 19.

Ser­ena, 35, has not played since de­feat­ing sis­ter Venus in the fi­nal of the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary to clinch a record 23rd Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tle.

The Amer­i­can star fin­ished run­ner-up in the In­dian Wells fi­nal last year, a tour­na­ment she only started play­ing again in 2015 af­ter a 13-year boy­cott.

Ser­ena has long been a sta­ple at the Mi­ami Open, win­ning the tour­na­ment a record eight times with her most re­cent vic­tory com­ing in 2015.

This year’s tour­na­ment runs from March 21-April 2.

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