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Ace American tennis player Serena Williams has pulled out from ongoing Italian Open tournament after a recurring left knee injury. The 37-year-old legendary player started her tournament with a successful win over Rebecca Peterson of Sweden in straight sets on Monday. The 23-time Grand Slam Title winner easily edged past the Swedish player with a margin of 6-4, 6-2. Though this is not the first time when Williams faced Peterson. In Miami Open 2019 both the brilliant players took on each other.

The three-time French Open winner was all set to face her sister Venus Williams in the second round of the biggest clay-court tournament but her shocking withdrawal sent her sister straight to the third round without even hitting a ball. In the third round of Italian Open Venus would face either Johanna Konta of Britain or seventh-seeded Sloane Stephens of America.

While withdrawing from the Italian Open tournament Serena Willams said, “I’ll be concentrating on rehab and look forward to seeing you all at the French Open and next year in Rome. I haven’t been able to train or practice a lot, I was out much longer than I expected”. Moreover, Serena has returned to the clay-court season after undergoing full assessment. She had been sidelined from the game for the past two months.

Earlier at the time of US Open 2018, Williams was stranded into a controversy as during her match against Naomi Osaka in the final she was reprimanded for a code violation. In the second set of the final match against Japanese player, she was handed a penalty because her coach Patrick Mouratoglou gave her coaching hand signals which led to a fine of worth $4,000 on the player. Not only this, in the same controversial match Williams also smashed her racket in the court which costed her another penalty after which she lost her clam and had a heating argument with the Umpire. This resulted in a total fine of $17,000 on her.