Serena Williams Withdraws from US Open Due to Injury

By: Alyssa Wilson

Tennis star Serena Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, extending her latest break from the game.  

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Williams announced the news on Instagram, saying, “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. New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to playI’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar.”  

 

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She did not participate in the Western and Southern Open held last week in Cincinnati to give herself time to recover from the injury, The New York Times reported.  

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In previous U.S. Opens Williams won six singles titles, including her first Grand Slam. She is ranked 22nd on the WTA Tour and has not played on tour since her first round match at Wimbledon in June, where she injured her hamstring.  

She missed the 2017 U.S. Open because she was taking a break after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. She then lost the final round of the competition in 2018 to Naomi Osaka and the 2019 final to Bianca Andreescu.  

Williams’ withdrawal also comes after tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal withdrew because of injuries, making this the first time since 1997 that the U.S. Open will be played without at least one of these players.  

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Though her future in the game remains uncertain, she gave fans an encouraging message that she will return. She said, “Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.” 

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