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Bartoli replaces injured Serena Williams at Sony Ericsson

Updated: November 8, 2007, 8:19 AM ET
Associated Press

MADRID, Spain -- Serena Williams withdrew from the Sony Ericsson Championships on Thursday after being forced to retire from a match the previous day against Anna Chakvetadze with a left knee injury.

The fifth-ranked Williams had lost the first set 6-4 in Wednesday's match before having an MRI scan. It's the same knee that underwent surgery in 2003 and also forced her to miss 10 tournaments last year.

"I felt it maybe a little bit yesterday, but it wasn't too intense," ...

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