Serena Williams withdraws from Madrid Open; expects to play French
Williams plans to take a few days off to nurse a thigh injury.
Serena Williams withdrew from the Madrid Open Friday due to an injury to her left thigh. Still, the top-ranked player in the world plans to play next week in Rome and, following that, at Roland Garros for the French Open.
Williams said the injury originally occurred Sunday in her first-round victory.
"I have a left thigh injury and, unfortunately, have to withdraw from this year's Mutua Madrid Open," Williams 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.
"I am planning to play in Rome. Fortunately, I have a bye next week so will have an extra day of rest. For now, I will take it one day at a time and take advantage of some extra rest."
She added more on Twitter.
Sad I could not play my match today. But I'm recovering fast and getting ready for Rome and Roland Garros. I love u #RenasArmy kisses to all— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 9, 2014
The French Open begins May 25.
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