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Serena Williams withdraws from Rogers Cup

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Serena Williams Prevails at Wimbledon

(The Sports Xchange) - Top-seeded Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup due to shoulder inflammation.

Williams, a three-time champion, made the announcement on Sunday. She was to receive a first-round bye in the tourney that begins Monday in Montreal.

Her withdrawal comes less than two weeks before the start of the Olympic tennis, where she is scheduled to represent the United States.

"Due to inflammation in my shoulder, I unfortunately must withdraw from the Rogers Cup," Williams said in a statement. "I was looking forward to competing in Montreal and I look forward to returning soon."

Williams recently won her seventh career Wimbledon crown to tie Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

"Because this is an Olympic year, the players have very full schedules," tournament director Eugene Lapierre said in a statement.

"Sometimes your body needs rest. We hope that Serena will recover quickly and wish her much success for the rest of the season."

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Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams celebrates winning her womens singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber with the trophy REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams and Germany's Angelique Kerber hold their respective winner and runner up trophies after Serena Williams won their womens singles final match REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams and Germany's Angelique Kerber hold their respective winner and runner up trophies after Serena Williams won their womens singles final match REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams and Germany's Angelique Kerber hold their respective winner and runner up trophies after Serena Williams won their womens singles final match REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams celebrates winning her womens singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber with the trophy REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams with Germany's Angelique Kerber after winning their womens singles final match REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams celebrates winning her womens singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 Germany's Angelique Kerber in action againstUSA's Serena Williams in the womens singles final REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams celebrates winning her womens singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber with the trophy REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams celebrates during her womens singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams celebrates winning the first set in the womens singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams reacts during her womens singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams in action against Germany's Angelique Kerber during the womens singles final REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 Singer Beyonce with her husband musician Jay Z with USA's Serena Williams' family and friends on centre court during the womens singles final REUTERS/Adam Davy/Pool
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/9/16 USA's Serena Williams in action against Germany's Angelique Kerber during the womens singles final REUTERS/Toby Melville
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