Eight-time winner Serena has withdrawn from the Open due to a knee injury.

American reached round three to Friday with victory on Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson, merely the seventh game she’s got completed in 2019.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner was set to manage Wang Qiang from the last 32 but the Chinese 27-year-old now gets a bye.

“I’m disappointed to withdraw from the Open due to a left knee injury,” said , 3-7.

has now withdrawn from two successive WTA events, after her retirement in past week’s tournament in n Wells with a viral disease.

Her past Grand Slam win arrived at the 20 17 , moving her one behind Margaret Court’s listing of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.