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Serena Says "Thumb not 100%"

Saturday, August 18, 2007

NEW HAVEN, CT --Serena Williams withdrew Friday from her debut at the Pilot Pen tournament, citing a thumb injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon.

Williams had accepted a wild-card entry for the tournament that begins Sunday, hoping to use it as a testing ground for the U.S. Open.

"I am frustrated and extremely disappointed that I won't be able to play at the Pilot Pen," Williams said in a statement. "I tried to have a full practice, hoping that my thumb would feel better, but unfortunately, it is still not 100 percent. I am not able to play at the level that I had hoped."

Her agent, Jill Smoller, said Williams still plans to play at the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 27. "Her status remains the same -- planning on playing," Smoller said. "She just needs more time."

Williams, an eight-time Grand Slam champion who won the Australian Open this year, has not played since hurting her left thumb, wrist and calf during her run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals. She's ranked No. 8.

Source -- AP

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