Top rated Tennis player Serena Williams injured her knee, and had to forgo the opening match in Monday’s Hopman Cup due to inflammation. The injury has caused a setback in her plans for getting ready to play an Australian Open title defense, as Hopman Cup tournament director Paul Kilderry reported that Williams had complained of knee pain Sunday.

Williams injured her knee, but had practiced ahead of the opener that had been scheduled for her to play Ukraine’s tennis player Elina Svitolina in a match during mixed-team international competition in Australia’s Perth Arena. However, as Williams injured her knee, Vicky Duval, 20, replaced her.

Duval had just come back to play tennis after beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and says it is a great opportunity for her to get to play in Williams' place.

Duval replaces her as Williams injured her knee

Duval was beaten 6-4, and 6-1 by Svitolina but said she thought it was a great opportunity and had fun. Jack Sock was beaten by Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 and 6-2 to seal the best-of-three Group A match in favor of Ukraine prior to the U.S. duo ending up the winners in the mixed doubles match by scores of 6-2 and 6-3.

Despite her hurt knee, Williams said she anticipates being able to play against the Australia Gold team Tuesday and partner up with Sock on the U.S. team.

Results in other women’s singles tennis matches

In the results of several other women's tennis singles matches, sixth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro moved up to a second-round match to play against one of the local favorites, Sam Stosur, who is a previous U.S. Open champ who got over early service breaks during each set to earna winagainst Slovakia’s challenger Jana Cepelova by scores of 6-4, 3-6, and 6-4.

Seventh seed Belinda Bencic, also moved up in Brisbane and won against Sara Errani 6-1, and 6-2, and so did Roberta Vinci, who won against the former number one rated Jelena Jankovic by scores of 3-6, 6-2, and 6-4.

At the ASB Classic, which is held in Auckland, New Zealand, fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova moved up to the 2nd round in the ASB Class.

She led the match 6-2, and 1-1, but Germany’s Mona Barthel left their first round match due to stomach issues.

Fifth-seeded US player Sloane Stephens won against Slovakia’s Polona Hercog in match scores of 6-3, 6-3, as well as Irina Falconi beating out number six seeded Coco Vandeweghe in match scores of 5-7, 6-4, and 6-3.

As Serena Williams injured her knee she sat out the first round of the opening match in Monday’s Hopman Cup due to inflammation, but says she just has to rest and she is confident she will be able to play Tuesday.

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