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Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open with a lower back injury moments before she was scheduled to meet Roland Garros champion Li Na in the semifinals.
The withdrawal comes eight days before the French Open, but Williams said the move was mainly precautionary and that she'll be ready for the clay-court major.
The decision ends Williams' winning streak at 17 matches. She had won consecutive titles in Charleston, South Carolina, and Madrid, plus two matches in Fed Cup.
In the Rome final, Li will face either defending champion Maria Sharapova or 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, who were playing later.
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On the windy conditions:
…a bit strange but I like that challenge and when the wind does in the middle of the point and I said “Whoa – who is in control here.”
On her comeback:
I wasn’t ready but I needed to get points for the Olympics I probably would have come out before Wimbledon or after…… but I didn’t have choice.
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INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Results – Friday, May 18, 2012
Singles – Quarterfinals
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (WC) Venus Williams (USA) 64 63
(12) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 76(2) 16 61
(8) Li Na (CHN) d. (14) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 61 76(4)
(9) Serena Williams (USA) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 40 ret. (right...