Serena Williams out of Italian Open due to Achilles injury

Ruben Hill
September 15, 2020

After suffering an injury to her Achilles tendon during her semifinal loss to Victoria Azarenka at the US Open, Serena Williams has announced that she will not play next week's Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

Serena Williams has pulled out of the Internazionali d'Italia tournament in Rome, citing an Achilles injury.

"I'm definitely going to be going to Paris", she said.

The injury had also bothered her during her US Open semi-final defeat to Victoria Azarenka.

Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday.

In what was a pulsating last-four encounter, Azarenka went past the six-time US Open champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 after one hour and 55 minutes to reach her third final.

"I just was stretching", she said after the match.

The former world number one, a four-time Rome champion, joins 2019 US Open victor Bianca Andreescu and two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova is skipping the tuneup for the French Open, which begins on September 27.

In the men's tournament, US Open finalists Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev withdrew, as did Daniil Medvedev, who lost to Thiem in the semi-finals in NY.

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal headlines the field at the Foro Italico, marking his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff.

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