Serena Williams skips Hopman Cup opener with knee injury

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 04, 2016 11:31 AM
Serena Williams skips Hopman Cup opener with knee injury
(AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams has withdrawn from her opening match at the Hopman Cup due to a knee problem, with Vicky Duval filling in for the U.S. team against Ukraine.

No. 1-ranked Williams practiced Monday ahead of her scheduled season-opener against Elina Svitolina in the international mixed team competition at Perth Arena, but withdrew from the match citing knee inflammation.

Williams says "I need to rest and am confident to be out there," to join Jack Sock in the U.S. team to play the Australian Gold team on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Duval returned to tennis in August after overcoming Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Williams had two months off after the U.S. Open, where she narrowly missed completing a season Grand Slam by losing to Roberta Vinci in the semifinals.

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