MIAMI, FL, USA – Overtime Miami Open champion Serena Williams was forced to retire from the tournament due to a left knee injury that the tournament announced today.
"I'm disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open because of a left knee injury," Serena said in a statement. "It was a great experience to play at the Hard Rock Stadium this year and would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on a fantastic event."
"I hope to be back next year to play at this one-of-a-kind tournament in front of the incredible fans here in Miami."
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The former World No.1
It was a strong show to back up his Indian Wells run, which saw her claim a 7-5, 6-3 victory over two-time Grand Slam wins Victoria Azarenka before being forced to resign from his third round match against Garbine Muguruza due to a viral disease subsequently 6-3, 1-0.