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Serena Williams back out from Italian Open with achilles problem



Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open citing the achilles problem that troubled her during her defeat by Victoria Azarenka in the US Open semi-finals, organisers have announced.

Williams, a four-times champion in Rome, took a medical timeout for treatment on her achilles during her three-set loss in New York on Thursday. The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, is due to begin on Monday.


In the men’s tournament, the US Open finalists Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev withdrew, as did Daniil Medvedev, who lost to Thiem in the semi-finals in New York.

Rafael Nadal headlines the field at the Foro Italico, the nine-times champion marking his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff. The Spaniard has been practising in Rome for several days. Novak Djokovic, the world No 1, who was disqualified at the US Open, has also entered the clay-court tournament, the warm-up event to the French Open, which starts on 27 September.

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WATCH: Drew McIntyre stabbed Randy Orton with pen after WWE Raw went off the air



Monday’s episode of WWE Raw marked the first episode following Sunday’s WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event.

In the headliner of this event, Randy Orton beat Drew McIntyre in a Hell in a Cell match to win the WWE Title. On Raw, McIntyre was in a bad mood as a result and was on a path of destruction.

The end of the show saw McIntyre and Orton brawl. We noted on the site that the show ended abruptly after Orton decided to fight with McIntyre instead of having a face-to-face with Bray Wyatt. The last thing that viewers in the United States saw was Orton and McIntyre brawling on the announce table.

The live feed continued in Canada, which saw McIntyre recover and get in control to the point where he grabbed a pen and “stabbed” Orton in the eye with it.

WWE later uploaded footage of the segment with this part included. It will be interesting to see if that footage stays up as the pen was something you had to be looking for.

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