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Williams out of WTT with foot injury

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Originally published on: 13/07/10 10:16

“Billie, I got you!” Serena Williams cheekily spouted towards the Royal Box after her fourth Wimbledon title took her past Billie Jean King’s 12-strong Grand Slam record.

King wasn’t fussed. She’s a big fan of Serena’s talents, and their mutual admiration is reciprocated in the fact that the 28-year-old Florida-resident regularly features in King’s coed professional team tennis league.

Unfortunately for both however, King won’t have the chance to chant back “Serena, I got you…[to play in my league]” after the world No.1 withdrew from this season’s World Team Tennis after the emergence of a foot injury.

“I’m very disappointed that I won’t be able to play in the WTT matches this season,” said Williams after a press release revealed that she had cut her foot.

Williams had been scheduled to play for the Washington Kastles in New York last Friday, before heading to Philadelphia today, Washington DC on Wednesday and back to New York on Friday.

Coached by 1993 French Open doubles champ Murphy Jensen, the Washington Kastles still have Venus Williams, Angela Haynes, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds and Rennae Stubbs to call on in the absence of the world No.1. And the defending champions appear to be managing pretty well without Williams, comfortably leading the league’s Eastern conference with a 5-1 record.

Despite not being able to compete, Williams still flew out from Belgium on Friday to join her Kastles teammates and mingle with fans in New York.

“It is always such a fun experience and I love interacting with the fans in the cities that I don’t often have the opportunity to play in during the rest of the year,” Serena added.

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