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Serena Williams forced to withdraw from Madrid Open with thigh injury

May 9, 2014 -- Updated 2157 GMT (0557 HKT)
Serena Williams in action during the Mutua Madrid Open.
Serena Williams in action during the Mutua Madrid Open.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A thigh injury has forced Serena Williams to withdraw from the Madrid Open
  • The world No.1 hopes to be fit for Rome Italian Open next weekend
  • Rafael Nadal cruises into men's semifinal in Madrid

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(CNN) -- Serena Williams was forced to pull out of the Madrid Open with a thigh injury ahead of her quarter final tie with Petra Kvitova Friday.

The withdrawal will come as a blow to the world No. 1's preparations for the French Open with the year's second major beginning in two weeks' time.

Williams had been playing with heavy strapping all week, although confirmed she hopes to be able to take part in the Italian Open in Rome next week.

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"I have a left thigh injury and, unfortunately, have to withdraw from this year's Madrid Open," Williams told the WTA website.

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"It happened during my first round match. It started to get better, but most importantly right now, I just need some time to rest and recover.

"I am planning to play in Rome. Fortunately, I have a bye next week so will have an extra day of rest."

Williams has won the title in Madrid for the last two years and used the event as a springboard to take the French Open crown at Roland Garros last May.

She added: "It's beyond words. It's so frustrating. We couldn't ask for a better tournament and I love it here in Madrid. I love being a champion here."

Elsewhere in the women's draw, Maria Sharapova overcame world No. 2 Li Na 2-6, 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 to reach the semifinals where she will face Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska who defeated surprise package Caroline Garcia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Williams' withdrawal means the second semifinal will pit Kvitova against No.4 seed Simona Halep who trumped the in-form Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-2.

Rafa Marches on

In the men's quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal defeated Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2.

A tense opening set saw Nadal take the first break in the seventh game with the scores tied at 3-3. From there the Spaniard never looked back.

Nadal broke Berdych again early in the second set and once more with the scores at 4-2 before serving the match out.

The home favorite and three-time time Madrid Open champion will now face fellow countryman Roberto Bautista on Saturday after the the world No. 45 beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

The remaining men's semifinal will see another Spaniard, David Ferrer, take on Japan's Kei Nishikori after Ferrer defeated Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 and Nishikori eased past Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4.

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