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Serena Williams Withdraws from MasterCard German Open

Serena Williams Withdraws from MasterCard German Open
April 15, 2003

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 15, 2003) – World No. 1 Serena Williams has withdrawn from next month’s MasterCard German Open in Berlin, the WTA Tour announced Tuesday.

Williams, 21, is bypassing the Berlin tournament, which begins May 5, in order to rest and continue her preparation for the upcoming European portion of the season. Her next scheduled event is the Telecom Italia Masters, beginning May 12, in Rome, Italy.

“After playing so many matches at the beginning of 2003, I have decided to take an additional week off to prepare for the European season,’’ said Williams, who reached the final in Berlin last year where she lost a close, three-set match to Justine Henin-Hardenne. “My focus right now is to prepare myself both mentally and physically for the upcoming major events in May and June. I regret that I will not be returning to the MasterCard German Open in 2003 where I have had so much success, but I do look forward to returning to Rome."

Williams, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is off to an impressive start this season, winning 21 of her 22 matches in 2003 and completing a “Serena Slam,’’ sweeping the past four Grand Slam titles (2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open, 2003 Australian Open). In four appearances this season, she has won three titles (Australian Open, Open Gaz de France and NASDAQ-100 Open) and reached one final (Family Circle Cup).

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