Serena out of Italian Open with Achilles problem

  • Serena out of Italian Open with Achilles problem

Serena out of Italian Open with Achilles problem

23-time Grand Slam champion and American tennis player Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open due to a an achilles injury.

"I regretfully must withdraw from The Internazionali BNL d'Italia due to an Achilles strain", Williams, a four-times victor in Rome, said in a statement.

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

Williams had taken a medical timeout during her US Open last four match against Azarenka to treat her achiles before eventually losing the match 6-1, 3-6, 3-6.

Earlier this summer, the former world No.1 made a return to action with the Top Seed Open before making it to the semi-finals of the US Open, which was the first Grand Slam of the year after the game was halted due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

The Rome event, starting on Monday, is two weeks before the French Open.