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Serena Williams acknowledged Wednesday that she is taking a hiatus from women's tennis while she recovers from a chronic knee injury.

She likely will miss the next two Grand Slam tournaments, this month's French Open and Wimbledon in June.

"I know that there has been a lot of public speculation about me and my playing career. I want everyone, and in particular all of my fans who have meant so much to me throughout my career, to know that I will be back on the tennis court and that I fully intend to be competing on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in the coming months," Williams said in a statement.

"These past months have been very frustrating for me personally, as I have had to take this time off to fully mend from a chronic knee injury. What I can tell you today based on what I am being told by my doctors is that I should be in a position to be playing again by the end of this summer. I want to thank all of those who have supported me during these difficult months and to let you know that I'm more excited than ever to resume my playing career as soon as my body is ready."

The seven-time Grand Slam winner hasn't played since losing in the third round of the Australian Open in January. She has been hampered by left ankle and knee problems for months and has played only 31 matches since the beginning of 2005.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Good to hear it from the horses mouth, finally!

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Now all these other speculations threads can end!

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as long as she comes back fit and healthy i'm happy

good to see her making the right decision and not coming back too soon!
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I'm glad she finally told us something. End of summer is such long time away though!
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glad to hear from serena. knew all along her being away was injury related and not her just trying to get into shape. people always act like they know whats going on when in fact they dont have a clue. so many negative threads saying shes to busy with other things and not even believing there was a real reason for serena to be sitting out. sucks for me and all the other serena fans who miss her so much, but at least we have an idea when to expect her. cant wait to see her.

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Hopefully she'll be able to be in the US Open mix.
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would be nice to see her at the US Open!!

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I think she is going to return next year and that she takes this whole year off, which I think could be the best so that she can fully recover and play a full season next year. If the injury is not over by next year, then I really don't know what to say!

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At least she's honest and open now....was getting a little sick of the silent treatment and withdrawls.....

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Its sad news in terms of not seeing her play for a while.

But its good that she let us know.

Get well soon.
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as long as she comes back fit and healthy i'm happy

good to see her making the right decision and not coming back too soon!

As much as I would love to see Serena on the court it has to be in her best condition. The right decision by far that she could make.

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Well at least theres a timetable for her return.


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Sad to hear, for some reason I thought she might suprise and show up at Berlin.
I just hope that when she does come back, maybe around CAnada, LA that she is fully ready.

Her last comebacks from the knee injury have been very poor of late. Except the looong one where she came back in Miami 04 where she won, After Australia 05 it hasn't been the same SErena on court.
Here's to Rena coming back STRONG, fit, and playing her aggressive game!

In the meantime I'll just have to root for Vee.
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Finally we heard from Serena.


now we all debate on when the end of summer is? US Open? LA? New Haven? Beiging?
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