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Serena Williams out of China Open with injury

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Friday, October 03 2014 Oct 3, 2014 October 03, 2014 1:04 AM October 03, 2014 in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

BEIJING, China - Defending champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the China Open with a left knee injury.

The top-ranked Williams had been due to face Australian Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Playing with strapping on her knee, the American beat Lucie Safarova 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in the third round Thursday evening and then skipped her post-match press conference because of swelling in the knee.

Williams retired from the Wuhan Open a week ago during her first-round match with a viral illness. Her sister, Venus, also withdrew from the China Open this week, citing a virus.

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