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Serena Williams to Miss U.S. Open

August 2, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Serena Williams will not defend her U.S. Open title this month after undergoing knee surgery Friday.

The world’s top-ranked women’s player had surgery to repair a partial tear in the mid-portion of the quadriceps tendon of her left knee.

Williams will be out 6-to-8 weeks and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Dr. Rodney Gabriel, who performed the surgery.

Williams has won six titles in her last seven Grand Slam tournaments. She beat older sister Venus in last year’s U.S. Open final.

This year’s tournament begins Aug. 25 in New York.

Williams was resting at home in Los Angeles, her spokeswoman said.

``Serena has suffered from quadriceps tendinitis of her left knee for many years, which has been controlled with medication and physical therapy treatments,″ Gabriel said.

``She recently developed pain that, although improved with treatment, increased whenever she resumed tennis activities.″

On Monday, Williams underwent an MRI, which showed a partial tear in the mid-portion of her quadriceps tendon and surgery was recommended, Gabriel said.

She had withdrawn from three California tournaments in the last three weeks because of pain in her knee.

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