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Tennis: Serena pulls out of Madrid Open with thigh injury

Published on May 9, 2014 6:29 PM
 
US tennis player Serena Williams returns to Spaniard Carla Suarez during their third round match for the Mutua Open Madrid Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain on May 8, 2014. Williams has pulled out of tennis' Madrid Open with a thigh injury ahead of her quarter-final against Petra Kvitova, the world No. 1 said on Friday. -- PHOTO: EPA

(REUTERS) - Serena Williams has pulled out of tennis' Madrid Open with a thigh injury ahead of her quarter-final against Petra Kvitova, the world No. 1 said on Friday.

Williams, winner of the last two editions of the tournament, suffered the injury in her first-round match against Belinda Bencic and with the French Open just two weeks away, she decided to pull out to give herself time to recover.

"I have a left thigh injury and, unfortunately, have to withdraw from this year's Madrid Open," the 32-year-old American said in a statement.

"It happened during my first-round match. It started to get better, but most importantly right now, I just need some time to rest and recover. It's beyond words. It's so frustrating... "This is not the way I wanted this week to end."

 
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