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Serena Williams, two others, pull out of Western & Southern Open

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Serena Williams on Tuesday said she was withdrawing from next week’s Western & Southern Open at Mason, Ohio, due to her right leg injury.

World No. 4 Sofia Kenin (foot) and Venus Williams (undisclosed) also pulled out of the Cincinnati-area tournament on Tuesday.

Serena Williams, 39, hasn’t played since hurting the leg at Wimbledon. She slipped on wet grass during a first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus and was forced to retire.

“Unfortunately, I will not be playing in the Western & Southern Open next week as I am still in recovery from my leg injury at Wimbledon,” said the 20th-ranked Williams, who won the event in 2014 and 2015. “I will miss all of my fans in Cincinnati whom I look forward to seeing every summer. I plan to be back on the court very soon.”

The 22-year-old Kenin hasn’t played since sustaining the foot injury during a second-round loss to Madison Brengle at Wimbledon on June 30.

“Unfortunately I had to make the difficult decision to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open next week,” Kenin said in a statement. “I am rehabbing well in hopes to play the U.S. Open later this month. I feel another week of recovery is necessary.”

Venus Williams (ranked 112th) also hasn’t played since Wimbledon. The 41-year-old lost to Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the second round.

American Bernarda Pera, Aussie Samantha Stosur and Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann have been added to the field.

The men’s field also has been hit by withdrawals as top-seeded Novak Djokovic (busy schedule since Olympics) and ninth-seeded Roger Federer (knee) have pulled out. Federer has won the event seven times and Djokovic has claimed two titles, including last year.

Fourth-ranked Rafael Nadal (left foot) is entered in the tournament but his status is up in the air after he pulled out of the National Bank Open in Toronto on Tuesday. Nadal won the Western & Southern Open in 2013.

–Field Level Media

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