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Hurting Serena pulls out of Madrid

Updated: May 12, 2014, 5:00 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Two-time defending champion Serena Williams withdrew from the Madrid Open on Friday because of a left thigh injury.

The top-ranked American has had her thigh heavily bandaged during play at the clay-court event, and said the injury occurred during a first-round victory over Belinda Bencic on Sunday.

"It started to get better but, most importantly right now, I just need some time to rest and recover. It's beyond words. It's so frustrating," Williams said in a statement. ...

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