Serena leaves Rome with knee problems

The American, who was to be measured in the second round with her sister Venus, alleged physical problems in one knee, according to the organization.

The American Serena Williams, four times champion at the Foro Italico, announced on Tuesday that she is retiring due to injury to the tournament in Rome. Serena, 37, number 11 of the WTA ranking, opened Monday with a solid victory against Sweden's Rebecca Peterson, but will not play the second round because of a knee injury, according to the organizers.

The American, Winner of 23 Grand Slam titles in her career, was to face in the next round her sister Venus Williams, who eliminated Belgian Elise Mertens on Monday after a battle lasting more than three hours. Thus, Venus is already in the second round and her opponent will be the winner of the match between his compatriot Sloane Stephens, seventh favorite, and the British Johann Konta.

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