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Serena Williams pulls out of Cincinnati due to back injury

Serena Williams withdrew from the Western & Southern Open forward of her opening match as a result of again damage she suffered in Toronto.

Williams, 37, was resulting from face Zarina Diyas in Cincinnati on Tuesday, however pulled out as she continues to battle together with her again.

The 23-time grand slam champion retired through the Rogers Cup closing towards Bianca Andreescu on Sunday resulting from again spasms.

“I got here to Mason on Sunday and have tried every thing to be able to play tonight, and was nonetheless hopeful after my follow this morning,” two-time champion Williams mentioned. “However sadly my again remains to be not proper.”

Williams’ withdrawal is a priority with the US Open lower than two weeks away and the veteran nonetheless aiming to equal Margaret Court docket’s report of 24 grand slam titles.

Jessica Pegula, the Citi Open champion, has taken Williams’ place and can face Diyas, who knocked her out in qualifying.

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