what did you miss: williams suffers another injury setback

06:29    16 May 2019

Serena Williams
The 37-year-old Serena Williams is confident of playing at the 2019 French Open, despite being forced to pull out of the Italian Open in Rome due to a knee injury.

Williams' latest injury setback follows on the back of two previous withdrawals this year. The American pulled out of the Masters Miami Open due to the same injury, while she also exited the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells prematurely with a viral illness.

Despite her latest withdrawal, the 23-time Grand Slam champion is confident of recovering in time for Roland Garros.

"I'll be concentrating on rehab and look forward to seeing you all at the French Open and next year in Rome," Serena said in a statement.

"I haven't been able to train or practice a lot, I was out much longer than I expected. I feel like I'm taking it one day at a time."

Williams’ last Grand Slam singles title came back at the Australian Open in 2017.

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Griezmann joins Atletico exodus

The 28-year-old Antoine Griezmann on Tuesday announced that he will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season, despite signing an improved five-year contract last June.

Griezmann was heavily linked with a move away from the club ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which he won with France, but decided to stay in Spain's capital.

A year later, Griezmann revealed that Saturday's La Liga match against Levante will be his last for the Spanish side, with reports suggesting he will join rivals Barcelona.

Barcelona will reportedly pay Griezmann's buyout clause, ending his five-year stay at Atletico, that conjured 133 goals in 256 appearances, and three trophies.

"It's been an incredible five years. Thank you for everything," he said.

"I wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that I have taken the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges.

"The truth is it has been difficult to take this route but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years."

Griezmann joins Bayern Munich-bound Lucas Hernandez and long-serving captain Diego Godin in leaving the club after the current campaign.

 

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