ROME -- Four-time champion Serena Williams withdrew from the upcoming Italian Open on Saturday citing the Achilles issue that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open semifinals, organizers announced Saturday.
Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday.
Azarenka remained entered for Rome.
In the men’s tournament, U.S. Open finalists Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev withdrew, as did Daniil Medvedev, who lost to Thiem in the semifinals in New York.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who was disqualified from the U.S. Open, is also entered.
The clay-court tournament in Rome is a warmup event for the French Open, which starts Sept. 27.
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