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16 May 2019, 02:58 | Henrietta Morgan
Serena Williams' career has stuttered recently as she deals with a knee injury
Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams plans to compete at the French Open despite withdrawing from the Italian Open with a knee injury.
Her latest withdrawal means she will head to Paris having played just eight full matches in 2019.
But the 31st meeting between the most famous siblings in sport is now off after Serena Williams announced around 5.30pm yesterday that she was pulling out for the third consecutive tournament.
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"I will miss the fans and competition at one of my favourite tournaments".
As a result, Venus advanced into the third round via walkover.
Serena had also played Petersen in the second round at the Miami Open in March before withdrawing with a knee injury.
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Earlier that month, she retired mid-match at Indian Wells because of illness.
It wasn't immediately clear if Serena would recover in time to play the French Open, which starts in less than two weeks.
The American, 37, was set to play sister Venus Williams in the second round but said she would be "concentrating on rehab" now. Williams made it to the fourth round past year at the French Open, her first grand slam since giving birth, with a pectoral injury.