Serena not to play again in 2003

Serena Williams, sidelined for over 2 months with a left knee injury, will not play tennis again until 2004, the WTA Tour has announced.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Serena Williams, sidelined for more than two months with a left knee injury, will not play tennis again until 2004. Third-ranked Williams, who spent much of the year ranked number one in the world, withdrew from next month's WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles and a tune-up event in Philadelphia starting in 10 days. "I really miss playing tennis and I can't wait to come back and compete," Williams said in a statement. "However, I feel that I need more time to prepare and get myself in the best shape possible". Williams had surgery to repair a partial tear in her left quadriceps tendon on August 1. Although she has been progressing in rehabilitation, Williams has been advised to stay out of competition and continue her training to ensure she will return in peak form. Williams, who has not played since winning Wimbledon in July, finished the season with a 38-3 record. She began the year by capturing her fourth straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and her first 21 matches of 2003. (PTI)