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Serena Williams withdraws from BNP Paribas Open because of knee injury

Serena Williams withdraws from BNP Paribas Open because of knee injury

Serena Williams, who had lost the world No. 1 ranking last year but regained it by winning the Australian Open in January for her record 23rd Grand Slam title, withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.

Williams, 35, cited pain in her knees for pulling out of the tournament, which will start Wednesday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. She was the runner-up last year.

“Sadly, I have to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open,” Williams said in a statement issued by tournament officials. “I have not been able to train due to my knees and am disappointed I cannot be there. I will keep moving forward and continue to be positive. I look forward to...

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