Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open

Last Updated: May 15 2019 12:39

TENNIS- American 23 time grand slam champion Serena Williams has pulled out of Italian Open with a recurring left knee injury.

The withdrawal comes a day after Serena defeated Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson in straight sets in the first round. She was due to face sister Venus in the second round.

Her withdrawal sends Venus William into the third round where she will face either Johanna Konta of Britain or American seventh seed Sloane Stephens.