Sports world :Serena ruled out of US Open warm-up

Serena ruled out of US Open warm-up

CINCINNATI (Ohio) • Women's tennis world No. 1 Serena Williams, fresh off a third-round upset loss at the Rio Olympics, has pulled out of this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a shoulder injury, the tournament's two-time defending champion said on Monday.

Williams, who had accepted a wild card into the tournament last week after competing at the Olympics, made the decision to skip the key US Open tune-up after a morning practice in Ohio.

"I'm very disappointed I'm not able to compete in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati as I was really looking forward to defending my title," the world No. 1 said in a statement.

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Willett, Westwood to fly England's colours

LONDON • Masters champion Danny Willett picked veteran Lee Westwood on Monday to partner him for the England team at golf's World Cup in Melbourne in November.

Willett, whose form has tailed off since his remarkable win in the first Major of the season in April, earned the right to choose his partner because he is the highest-ranked Englishman who said he would compete in Australia for the event that runs from Nov 23-27.

"He's played in nine Ryder Cups and has unbelievable experience of foursomes and four-balls, so I couldn't have picked a better partner," said the 28-year-old of Westwood.

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