Serena Williams has withdrawn from the 2019 Western & Southern Open

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The best tennis players in the world will be at Lindner Family Tennis Center Aug. 10-18 for the 2019 Western & Southern Open
Adam Baum, [email protected]

MASON – Less than an hour before she was scheduled to play her first-round match on Center Court, Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open with a back injury. 

Serena Williams faces Daria Gavrilova in the first round. (Photo: Cara Owsley/Enquirer)

Williams practiced earlier in the day at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, but the back injury that forced her to retire from the Rogers Cup final two days prior clearly wasn’t healed for her to play in Cincinnati. 

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“I am so sad to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open as it is truly one of the tournaments I most love to play,” said Williams, a two-time W&S Open champion. “I came to Mason on Sunday and have tried everything to be ready to play tonight, and was still hopeful after my practice this morning. 

“But unfortunately, my back is still not right and I…

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