Serena Williams has decided to withdraw from her semi-final at this year’s Indian Wells Masters, also known by its current sponsored name BNP Paribas Open, because of a right knee injury.
World’s No 1 tennis player was set to play third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania in the second semi-final.
Simona Halep, 23, will face Jelena Jankovic in the final after the Serb fought back to beat Sabine Lisicki 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
In a post on her official Instagram account, Serena Williams wrote: “Four months ago I began a journey to play Indian Wells and it was amazing.
“I never dreamed I could do it. But I would not have been able to do this without my fans.
“Though it ended early due to injury this year, I have to say I cannot wait to try again next year.”
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