Serena Williams drops out of U.S. Open

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For the first time ever, the U.S. Open will be without the top female player in the world this year.

No. 1-ranked Serena Williams, 28, announced her withdrawal from the tournament, explaining that she's still recovering from surgery to repair cuts on her right foot.

“It is with much frustration and deep sadness that I am having to pull out of the U.S. Open,” the tournament’s three-time champion said in a statement released Friday by her publicist.

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