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Serena withdraws from Toronto
Toronto (TC) - Tennis Canada announced today that Sony Ericsson WTA Tour World No. 7 Serena Williams withdrew from the 2005 Rogers Cup presented by American Express.

Williams, who defeated Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a 2nd round match Tuesday, said she was unable to continue due to left knee pain.

"Because of my ankle injury, I had to take some time off, so my leg isn't as strong as it needs to be, so the pain in my knee is a result of that," said Williams, "I've been doing some strengthening to get it stronger and last night's match made it more difficult for me. My movement isn't 100%, and like I said yesterday, there's a big difference between practice and match competition. I was forced to move around a lot last night."

"This morning I did some extensive testing with my therapist, and again, after my match last night, the knee just isn't 100%. It's hard to be out there when you know you can't play at your best and could potentially make it worse. My plans for now are to go back to Florida and continue my strengthening and training and prepare for the US Open," added Williams.