Serena Williams withdraws from US Open

Serena Williams returns the ball during her Women's Singles semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at the 2020 US Open, on September 10 2020.
Serena Williams returns the ball during her Women's Singles semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at the 2020 US Open, on September 10 2020.
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Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s US Open after the American said on Wednesday that her torn hamstring had not healed completely before the final Grand Slam of the year.

Williams, a six-time winner at Flushing Meadows, has had an injury-marred season and limped out of her first-round match at Wimbledon in tears due to the leg injury.

The 39-year-old, who has been on the hunt for an elusive 24th Major, skipped the Olympics in Tokyo and also opted out of the Cincinnati Masters, a tune-up event to the US Open.

“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” Williams said.

“New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favourite places to play. I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone from afar.”

Williams is the latest big name to pull out of the tournament after reigning men’s champion Dominic Thiem  and four-times winner Rafa Nadal  ended their 2021 season due to injuries.

The main draw of the US Open gets under way in New York on Monday.

Reuters


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