Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with Achilles harm

Rome, September 12

Four-time champion Serena Williams withdrew from the upcoming Italian Open on Saturday citing the Achilles situation that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka within the US Open semifinals, organisers introduced on Saturday.

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

The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins on Monday.

Azarenka remained entered for Rome.

In the boys’s match, US Open finalists Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev withdrew, as did Daniil Medvedev, who misplaced to Thiem within the semifinals in New York.

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal headlines the sphere on the Foro Italico, marking his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff. The Spaniard has been practising in Rome for a number of days.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who was disqualified from the US Open, can be entered.

The clay-court match in Rome is a warm-up occasion for the French Open, which begins September 27. AP

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