Serena Williams pulls back from Miami Open with knee damage

Serena Williams pulled back from the WTA and ATP Masters Miami Open on Saturday with left knee damage.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion's withdrawal comes multi day after she beat Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in three sets to achieve the third round.

"I am baffled to pull back from the Miami Open because of left knee damage," said Williams, an eight-time victor in Miami who has finished only seven matches this year.

The 37-year-old hotshot, presently positioned tenth on the planet, had all the earmarks of being moving openly against Peterson, yet said she expected to play superior to anything she did in a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 win.

She was next booked to confront eighteenth seeded Wang Qiang, who advances to the fourth round by walkover.

Williams fell in a three-set fight with Czech Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January.

In her first competition from that point forward, at Indian Wells this month, she crushed previous world number one Victoria Azarenka in her opening match however then resigned while trailing against another previous No. 1, Garbine Muguruza, with a viral disease.

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