Following her sister’s withdrawal due to a viral illness the previous day, Serena Williams has officially withdrawn from the China Open in Beijing due to a left knee injury.
The world No. 1 was scheduled to take part in a quarter-final clash against Sam Stosur. The Australian will now receive a walkover into the semi-final round of the tournament.
Williams met with the press shortly after the announcement to discuss the news.
“I started to feel pain this week,” she commented. “It didn’t feel really well last night at all. I almost didn’t go on the court – I did at the last minute. I think it made it a little worse, to be honest.
“It throbs just sitting, standing. I felt it mostly serving because I’m landing on my left knee. That was really killer for me. Moving was okay – I didn’t do a tremendous amount of moving last night. I just tried to move as little as possible. So yeah, I felt it mostly when I was serving during the match.
“I haven’t had time to get an MRI scan yet, but I’ll do that and see what the problem is.”
While she is uncertain as to the extent of the damage, Williams will head to Europe to see the doctors there.
“I’m probably going to go to Europe and see my doctors there,” she said.”They have a really good system there.”
Williams also expressed frustration as to her recent string of retirements during the Asian Swing.
“It’s really frustrating, especially having to retire from here,” she said. “This is a really big tournament for me. I’m defending champ. Also it’s one of the big four. You always want to do your best to defend your title. That’s why I played yesterday – I’ve got to at least give it a chance. I’ve done well here. This is my title. So more than anything, it’s just extremely frustrating not to win this week.
“To come all this way and not take the title, it’s just a waste.”