WASHINGTON - Serena Williams’ season debut has been delayed again.
She has withdrawn from the Gaz de France tournament that begins Monday, her Washington-based spokeswoman said Friday.
Williams hasn’t played since beating sister Venus in the Wimbledon final in July.
She underwent left knee surgery in August and didn’t defend her Australian Open title last month because she wasn’t fully recovered.
“I am continuing to train, and I feel that I am just about where I want to be,” she said. “My knee feels great, and I look forward to coming back in championship form.”
Williams next plans to play a tournament in Qatar beginning March 1.
Venus Williams withdrew from the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals Friday in Tokyo because of an injured leg.
Watching Rafa Nadal churn his way through the claycourt season over the past few weeks, it seems nothing much has changed since his French Open triumph a year ago despite a lengthy injury layoff.
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