Serena Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, pulling out of the main event and increasing her newest break from the sport that she as soon as dominated.
“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 wrote on Instagram. “New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play — I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.”
Williams, who’s ranked 22nd on the WTA Tour at age 39, has not performed on tour since retiring in the first set of her first-round match at Wimbledon on June 29 as a result of of an injured proper hamstring. Williams was in tears as she shook the hand of her opponent, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and she or he stumbled as she exited Centre Court, receiving help to achieve the clubhouse.
She skipped final week’s Western and Southern Open in the Cincinnati suburbs to permit herself extra time to get better, and stated in a press release that she deliberate “to be back on the court very soon.”
But she couldn’t get better in time to play at the U.S. Open, the place she has received six singles titles, together with her first Grand Slam singles title in 1999 as a young person. The event begins Aug. 30 in New York.
She final missed the U.S. Open in 2017 throughout her break from the sport as a result of of the start of her daughter, Olympia. She returned to the tour in March 2018 and till now had participated in each Grand Slam event since her comeback.
She misplaced the 2018 U.S. Open ultimate to Naomi Osaka of Japan and the 2019 U.S. Open ultimate to Bianca Andreescu of Canada. Last yr, when the event was held with out spectators as a result of of the pandemic, she fell in the semifinals to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in three units.
Williams’s announcement leaves the U.S. Open with out three of the sport’s largest stars. Roger Federer, 40, and Rafael Nadal, 35, have withdrawn and ended their 2021 seasons as a result of of accidents. This is the first time since 1997 — almost 1 / 4 century in the past — that the U.S. Open might be performed with out at the least one of the three.
Williams, like Federer and Nadal, is one of the best champions in tennis historical past. She has usually overpowered the opposition along with her intimidating serve and returns. But her probabilities of successful a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title seem more and more slim. She will flip 40 subsequent month, and her rating has slipped out of the high 20.
Her solely event title in the final 4 and a half years got here in a lower-tier occasion in Auckland, New Zealand, in January 2020.
Her future in the sport stays unclear. She returned to the tour after childbirth with the objective of successful extra main singles titles and surpassing Margaret Court’s longstanding file of 24. Williams final received a Grand Slam title in January 2017 at the Australian Open, defeating her sister, Venus Williams.