Injured Serena Williams withdraws from Cincinnati Open

Serena Williams
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Serena Williams pulls out of the second round of the Cincinnati Open with a toe injury.

Serena Williams has pulled out of the Cincinnati Open with a toe injury.

The 29-year-old was due to face Australian Samantha Stosur in the second round today (Wednesday), an opponent Williams beat in the Toronto Masters final on Sunday.

"It's just a bit of an aggravation because I think I've been pounding it a lot and playing a lot," she said.

The 13-time major winner also hinted that she doesn't want to worsen the injury ahead of the US Open, which begins August 29.

"I don't think this is a good time for me to take a big chance. I just don't think that would be smart."

Williams returned to tennis in June after 11 months away from the sport with health issues.