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Serena waiting to see how injured thigh feels

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 12, 2014 at 8:54 am •  Published: May 12, 2014

ROME (AP) — Serena Williams isn't committing to playing in the Italian Open yet as she waits to see how her injured left thigh feels.

The top-ranked Williams withdrew before her quarterfinal match at the Madrid Open last week.

"I'm taking it a day at a time. We'll see as the week goes on. I have the rest of the day off and I'll see how I feel tomorrow," Williams said Monday. "I hit some balls today a little bit so I'm going to see later tonight how it feels."

In Madrid, Williams had her thigh heavily bandaged and said the injury occurred during a first-round victory over Belinda Bencic.

She dismissed conjecture of pulling out for precautionary reasons.

"I don't do anything out of precaution anymore. You live once and I feel like anything can happen tomorrow," Williams said. "I just physically couldn't play. I was in a lot of pain and just wasn't able to continue. When I play I want to give 100 percent.

"I want to go out there and I want to give the fans everything that they deserve and everything that they come to see," Williams added. "And I just wasn't going to even come close to being there."

Williams is the defending champion at the Foro Italico, and also won the title in 2002. She'll also be the defending champion when the French Open starts in two weeks.

Compared to earlier in her career, Williams said she really enjoys the red clay of Rome and Paris now.

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