Four-time champion Serena Williams withdrew from the upcoming Italian Open on Saturday citing the Achilles subject that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka within the U.S. Open semifinals, organizers introduced Saturday.
Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles throughout her three-set loss on Thursday.
The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins Monday.
Azarenka remained entered for Rome.
In the lads’s event, U.S. Open finalists Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev withdrew, as did Daniil Medvedev, who misplaced to Thiem within the semifinals in New York.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal headlines the sector on the Foro Italico, marking his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff. The Spaniard has been working towards in Rome for a number of days.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who was disqualified from the U.S. Open, can also be entered.
The clay-court event in Rome is a warmup occasion for the French Open, which begins Sept. 27.
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