Serena Williams Withdraws from Dubai Championships Due to Back Injury

Just before she was to return to the court for a match against Marions Bartoli of France, Serena Williams was forced to withdraw from the Dubai Championships as a result of a back injury on Wednesday.

After her removal from the championship games, two of the best players are out as Victoria Azarenka, who defeated Williams in Sunday's Qatar Open final, also withdrew due to an injury to her foot.

Williams intends to get back into the game at the Sony Ericsson Open beginning March 18 in Miami.

"I've just had some back problems the past couple weeks," Williams said in a press conference.

"I thought it would get better as the week went on but it didn't. I don't want to keep pushing it and make it worse."

Williams also complained of back trouble during the Qatar Open.

"It's not at a level where I can compete where I feel comfortable to not make it worse," said Williams.

Bartoli is scheduled to go up against Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals.

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