Rome, May 14: Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open on Tuesday with a recurring left knee injury.
“Serena Williams has withdrawn with a new knee pain,” organisers said. The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s withdrawal comes a day after she beat Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in straight sets to set up a second round meeting with her older sister Venus.
She had been returning after more than two months out with a knee problem, in the final warm-up clay-court tournament before the French Open.
Four-time Rome winner Serena, 37, had eased through 6-4, 6-2 her first round match against Swedish qualifier Petersen.
Serena had also played Petersen in the second round at the Miami Open in March before withdrawing with a knee injury.
Her withdrawal sends Venus Williams, the 1999 winner, through to a third round meeting with either Johanna Konta of Britain or American seventh seed Sloane Stephens. (AFP)
Zverev crashes out of Italian Open, David Goffin advances
Rome, May 14: Germany’s Alexander Zverev crashed out of the Italian Open on Tuesday with a 7-5, 7-5 loss to Italian wild card Matteo Berrettini in the second round.
The 33rd-ranked Italian survived four break points in the second set, breaking the German in the twelfth game to close 7-5 to the delight of the home crowd.
The 22-year-old Zverev had been seeded fourth in the final clay-court warm-up before the French Open later this month, and was playing his first game having received a first-round bye.
Belgian David Goffin rallied from a set down to beat former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in three sets and advance to the second round of the Italian Open on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Goffin won through 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 in 1hr 55min against the three-time Grand Slam winner from Switzerland to set up a meeting with Argentine seventh seed Jual Martin Del Potro for a place in the third round. (AFP)