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Serena Williams Won't Play at Carson

July 30, 2003|Lauren Peterson

Serena Williams on Tuesday withdrew from next week's JP Morgan Chase Open at the Home Depot Center in Carson, the third tournament she has pulled out from in the last 10 days.

In announcing the move, WTA officials cited the same strained left quadriceps that forced Williams out of this week's Acura Classic at Carlsbad, Calif.

The injury was confirmed Monday when Williams had an MRI exam in Los Angeles and was advised by doctors to rest. She cited unrelated knee pain in pulling out of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford last week.

In a written statement, JP Morgan Chase Open tournament director Gus Sampras wished Williams a quick recovery and said he was "disappointed that Serena is unable to play in our tournament."

Williams, ranked No. 1 in the world, advanced to the championship match of the JP Morgan Chase tournament last year but lost in the final to Chanda Rubin.

-- Lauren Peterson

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday July 31, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Tennis -- A Sports article Wednesday incorrectly reported that Serena Williams lost to Chanda Rubin in the final of the 2002 JPMorgan Chase tournament. Rubin defeated Williams in the quarterfinals.

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