Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open due to an injury to her left knee, tournament organizers confirmed.
Williams came through her opening match against Rebecca Peterson in three sets, but she will no longer take to the court to face Wang Qiang on Sunday.
It is the second consecutive tournament Williams has been forced to pull out of. At the Indian Wells Open earlier this month, she retired during her match with Garbine Muguruza due to a viral illness.
"I am disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open due to a left knee injury," Williams said in a statement.
Due to a left knee injury, @serenawilliams has withdrawn. No. 18 seed Qiang Wang of China will advance to the fourth round.
We wish Serena a speedy recovery and hope to see her back in Miami next year.#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/tiJG5XWc4Y
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 23, 2019
"It was an amazing experience to play at the Hard Rock Stadium this year and [I] would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on an amazing event.
"I hope to be back next year to play at this one-of-a-kind tournament in front of the incredible fans here in Miami."
Williams' withdrawal means she has still completed only one event so far in 2019 — the Australian Open where she was beaten by Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals.