Serena Williams out of Italian Open with Achilles problem

Ruben Hill
September 15, 2020

"Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, which gets underway behind closed doors at the Foro Italico on Monday, due to an Achilles injury", said the Italian Open.

Williams picked up the injury during her last-four US Open tie when she took a medical timeout before slumping to a 6-1, 3-6, 3-6 defeat at the hands of Victoria Azarenka to crash out of the tournament.

Williams, who said the injury had no impact on her loss to Victoria Azarenka on Thursday, told reporters after her semifinal loss that she intends to be at Roland Garros.

"I regretfully must withdraw from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia due to an Achilles strain".

Azarenka remained entered for Rome and was drawn to play Venus Williams in the first round.

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, who will contest the US Open men's final on Sunday, have withdrawn from the event, the organisers said in a statement.

World no.2 Rafael Nadal headlines the men's field. Nadal and Carreno Busta have byes in the first round - Nadal due to his ranking and Carreno Busta because of his performance in NY.

It was the same injury that had bothered her in the lost US Open semi-final against Victoria Azarenka earlier this week at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY.

The clay-court tournament in Rome is a warmup event for the French Open, which starts on September 27.

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