Serena Williams withdraws from WTA Los Angeles tournament
Last updated 10:59am (Mla time) 08/03/2007
LOS ANGELES -- Australian Open champion Serena Williams Thursday withdrew from next week's WTA Tour event in Los Angeles because of a hand injury she suffered at Wimbledon.
The same injury prompted the younger Williams sister to pull out of the WTA tournament in Cincinnati and America's Fed Cup semi-final against Russia in Vermont in July.
"It is with great regret that I have been forced to withdraw from the East West Bank Classic's tournament due to the thumb injury I suffered in Wimbledon," Williams said in a statement.
"Its always fun playing back home in LA and with the most talented draw ever, I was looking forward to prepping for the US Open against good competition. I will continue physical therapy and hope to be back on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour soon," said Williams.
Williams was hurt in her loss to world No. 1 Justine Henin of Belgium in the quarterfinals at the All England Club last week.
She also was plagued by a left calf injury that caused her to collapse to the court in her dramatic fourth-round win over Daniela Hantuchova.
The Los Angeles event, played at the Home Depot Center in the suburb of Carson, starts on Monday.