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Kerber Steps Out of Olympics

Angelique Kerber won't be going for gold in Tokyo.

The 2016 Olympic silver medalist announced she's withdrawn from this month's Tokyo Olympics.

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The 33-year-old cited the need for rest and recovery in deciding to opt out. Kerber played an extensive grass-court season collecting her 13th career title in Bad Homburg before reaching the Wimbledon semifinals where she bowed to eventual-champion Ash Barty.

"The thought of participating at the Olympics has been a constant motivation for me over the past months to push further and keep believing in my goals," Kerber posted on Instagram. "Representing Germany in London 2012 and Rio 2016 as part of the German team has always been one of my favorite memories of my career so far.

"This makes it even more disappointing for me to accept the fact that my body needs rest after the intense few weeks that lie behind me and that I have to recover first before returning to competition later this summer! Thank you for your support, as this has been a very difficult decision for me."

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kerber defeated Eugenie Bouchard, Samantha Stosur, Johanna Konta and Madison Keys in succession before losing to Monica Puig in the Olympic gold-medal match.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Kerber is the latest star to pull out of Tokyo joining Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Konta among others.

Photo credit: Rob Newell/CameraSport