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Serena pulls out of Kremlin Cup

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:04

Serena, who was upset by China’s Li Na in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Wednesday and will lose her number one ranking to Jelena Jankovic on Monday as a result, revealed she has been suffering from an ankle injury since winning the US Open last month.

“My left ankle has been bothering me since the US Open and I need to take a break now to get it back to 100% which is why I have to regretfully take this decision and withdraw from the doubles in Stuttgart and Moscow next week,” she said in a statement on the Kremlin Cup website.

“I have played a lot this year and my body needs to recover. It’s obviously my goal to try and get the No 1 ranking back and it hurts my chances pulling out of Moscow since I reached the final there last year.

“My only wish now is that with a week to 10 days of rest I can recover and be at my best for the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha.”

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