PARIS - The French Open lost some of its luster Friday when former champion Serena Williams pulled out hours before the draw.
Williams, who sprained her left ankle in early April, said she still hasn’t recovered enough to play this Grand Slam event, which starts Monday.
“I am very disappointed to be forced to withdraw,” Williams said, according to the WTA. “Roland Garros is a fantastic global event with great fans, and I look forward to participating in next year’s tournament.”
Williams, the 2002 French Open champion, won the Australian Open this year for her seventh Grand Slam title. She was replaced by Russia’s Elena Dementieva as the fourth-seeded player in the draw.
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