Serena Williams pulls out of Swedish Open, citing elbow injury – Details

Serena Williams pulls out of Swedish Open, citing elbow injury - Details

Wimbledon champion Serena Williams said a right elbow injury forced her to pull out of the Swedish Open on Thursday.

Even tournament organisers had admitted this week they were somewhat surprised the world No. 1 honoured her commitment by showing up to the event in the Swedish woodlands to play.

Williams won an opening second-round match over Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure 6-2, 6-1.

But the dream ended as the 33-year-old withdrew citing an old elbow injury just a few days after winning her sixth Wimbledon title at the weekend.

Klara Koukalova had defeated Williams on clay in 2009 in Spain but trailed 4-1 in their career series.

“Thank you for being so understanding. I always feel so much support here and hope I can come back,” the 2013 champion told Swedish TV.

“I’m devastated,” she added. “When I was warming up in the morning I hurt my elbow as I had major problems with it previously. The doctors said it was best that I did not make it worse. I had the same problem at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.”

Williams is due to play next month in California, Canada and Ohio before the Aug. 31 start of the U.S. Open.