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tennisIlove09
Oct 17th, 2003, 11:23 PM
Serena Williams finished for the 2003 season


October 17, 2003
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) - Serena Williams, sidelined for more than two months with a left knee injury, withdrew from the Advanta Championships in Philadelphia and season-ending WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles on Friday.

Friday's news effectively ends Williams' season.

Williams had surgery to repair a partial tear in her left quadriceps tendon on August 1. Although she has been progressing in rehabilitation, she has been advised to stay out of competition and continue her training to ensure she will be at top condition when she returns to action.



"I really miss playing tennis and I can't wait to come back and compete," she said in a statement. "However, I feel that I need more time to prepare and get myself in the best shape possible."

Williams, who has not played since winning Wimbledon in July, finished the season with a 38-3 record. She started the year by capturing her fourth straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and her first 21 matches. Williams was ranked No. 1 before her injury.

GermanBoy
Oct 18th, 2003, 12:03 AM
:mad: No Serena and no Lindsay in LA! That sucks! :mad: