Just hours ahead of her scheduled quarter-final match-up against Petra Kvitova, world No. 1 Serena Williams has been forced to withdraw from the contest with a left thigh injury. She suffered the injury during the Belinda Bencic match-up and has been recovering ever since.
“I have a left thigh injury and, unfortunately, have to withdraw from this year’s Mutua Madrid Open,” Williams said. “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. We couldn’t ask for a better tournament and I love it here in Madrid. I love being a champion here. Manolo Santana and his team put on a great tournament. This is not the way I wanted this week to end.”
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
While she is now out of Madrid, Williams is still planning to return in time for next week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
“I am planning to play in Rome. Fortunately, I have a bye next week so will have an extra day of rest,” Williams added. “For now, I will take it one day at a time and take advantage of some extra rest.”