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Serena Williams out of French Open

Updated: May 12, 2011, 5:24 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open on Thursday, a decision that was expected because the 13-time Grand Slam singles champion has been off the tour for more than 10 months.

Williams, who won the 2002 French Open, hasn't competed since early July, sidelined by two foot operations and blood clots in her lung. She returned to practice last month and said Thursday she aims to be back on tour this summer.

"While I am making good progress, unfortunately I won't be able ...

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