(October 3, 2014) BEIJING, CHINA - Serena Williams has pulled out of her quarterfinal match against Sam Stosur at the China Open Friday, with a left knee injury.
Williams said she started to feel the pain in her knee this week and almost didn’t take the court Thursday, in her match against Lucie Safarova. She had her left knee taped but eventually won in three sets, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2. “Well, it throbs just sitting, standing,” according to Williams. “I felt it mostly serving because I’m landing on my left knee. That was really killer for me.” She feels she probably made it worse playing on but is still to have her knee checked.
Williams now plans to go to Europe to see her doctor and have all the tests done there. Asked whether her participation at the season-ending BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore is in doubt, Serena replied, “I can’t answer that. If I feel this way for Singapore, I don’t think it’s smart for me to play. Other than that, I’m just going to see how it goes.”
Abigail Hinto and Natalie Ho are in Beijing, China covering the China Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow their twitter updates on @TennisNewsTPN.
Photos by Natalie Ho.