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Williams hit by injury

Williams hit by injury
By Reuters

06/01/2006 at 14:35Updated

Serena Williams withdrew from an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong on Friday because of a knee injury, raising concerns the American title-holder could miss this month's Australian Open. The former world number one was due to play China's Jie Zheng but p

"Unfortunately I was advised ... that I shouldn't play because I developed some swelling in my knee that they can't get out," Williams told the crowd, according to Xinhua.

The younger Williams sister was hit by a series of ankle and knee injuries during 2005 after winning the Australian Open.

She has not played a tournament since losing in her opening match at the Beijing Open in September, and plans to return at the Open in Melbourne starting on Jan. 16.

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