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Serena resting up ahead of Olympics

Ian Horne in Olympic Tennis 23 Jul 2012
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Five times Wimbledon Ladies Champion Serena Williams attends the Wimbledon Championships 2012 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 8, 2012 in London, England. (credit: Clive Brunskill/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams has opted to rest her back ahead of the start of the Olympic tennis competition

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Serena Williams has been in fantastic form in recent weeks, but lingering back problems have forced her to rest up ahead of this year’s Olympic competition at Wimbledon. The American won the grass slam this year, and went on to defend her title at the Bank of the West Classic shortly after.  Sadly, she’s had to pull out of a World TeamTennis contest for the Washington Kastles.

Speaking in a recent interview, Serena explained that it was in her best interests to avoid competitive action ahead of the Olympics, adding, “I'm disappointed that I won’t be able to see my D.C. fans, but can’t wait to go for gold in London.”

Williams has never won Gold in singles, and will be hungry to add the prestigious title to her incredible array of trophies and titles. Most pundits have her pegged as the favourite following her impressive displays at the All-England Club this season.

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