Serena Williams withdraws from W&S Open

Two-time tournament champion has a back injury

Serena Williams withdraws from W&S Open
Serena Williams of the US waves to the crowd as she leaves the court after her defeat against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova during their women's singles quarter-final match on day ten of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 23, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: JEWEL SAMAD)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open with a back injury.

Williams, a two-time Western & Southern Open champion, couldn’t finish the tournament final Sunday in Toronto against Bianca Andreescu because of the same injury.

Williams made the trip to Mason and tried to warm-up on the practice courts leading up to her match, but didn’t feel fit to compete.

“I am so sad to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open as it is truly one of the tournaments I most love to play," Williams said in a statement. "I came to Mason on Sunday and have tried everything to be ready to play tonight, and was still hopeful after my practice this morning. But unfortunately my back is still not right and I know I should not take to the court. I promise I’ll do my best to be back here next year.”

MASON, OH - AUGUST 13: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning a point against Daria Gavrilova of Australia during Day 3 of the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 13, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MASON, OH - AUGUST 13: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning a point against Daria Gavrilova of Australia during Day 3 of the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 13, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) (Source: Rob Carr)

Williams won the tournament championship in 2014 and 2015.

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