Serena Williams withdraws from next week's clay-court event in Bastad
According to multiple reports, world No. 1 Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week's Swedish Open, held on clay in Bastad. Williams, who lost in the third round of Wimbledon to Alize Cornet, withdrew from her subsequent doubles match with a virus. At one point during that match, Williams hit four consecutive double-faults.
Per ESPN.co.uk, Williams said:
"I decided not to play in Bastad, because I am still not feeling 100%."
"I want to be in perfect condition to go back on court, but unfortunately it's not the case. I really hope to be able to get back to training from next week.
"I want to thank all my fans and the event organisers, for their support and comprehension.
"Bastad was my favourite tournament I played in last year, thus I am very disappointed not to come back there. But there is still next, year, so I can't wait to go back there."
French newspaper L'Equipe reported that Williams was seen attempting to practice at the Tennis Club of Paris on Thursday, but was prevented from doing so by rain. Williams has an apartment in Paris, but usually trains at the Mouratoglou academy outside the city.
Serena Williams has withdrawn from Bastad. "I want to be in perfect condition to go back on court, but unfortunately it's not the case.”— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) July 10, 2014
Serena #Williams withdraws from Bastad! Few days ago, she claimed she was getting better... Will she comeback soon?— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) July 10, 2014