Hand injury forces Williams to withdraw from W&SFG Open

7/10/2007 - Tennis

MASON, Ohio -- Serena Williams has withdrawn from next
week's Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open due to a
hand injury she suffered at Wimbledon, tournament officials said

Bruce Flory, director for the women's open in this Cincinnati
suburb, said Williams told officials Tuesday that she regretted she
would not be able to play in the open.

"When we saw Serena with a splint on her hand while watching
her sister play in the Wimbledon final, we knew there was a chance
she wouldn't be able to play here," said Flory. "She said she
really enjoyed herself here last year, appreciated the great crowd
support she received and hopes to play here again next year."

Williams, 25, was a semifinalist at the 2006 W&SFG Women's Open.

Flory said the field at the tournament will include Patty
Schnyder, Anna Chakvetadze, Sania Mirza, Maria Kirilenko and Akiko

Williams won the Australian Open in January. Her eight
major titles are the most among active players.

Her sister, Venus Williams, 27, who is tied for second-place
with six major titles, won Wimbledon on Saturday.