Serena Williams, Others pull out U.S. Open
Tennis legend Serena Williams has pulled out from next week’s U.S. Open as a result of a torn hamstring that has not totally healed, the American said on Wednesday.
The twenty-three-time grand slam winner has been struggling with injuries so far this season. She was forced to abandon her first-round match at Wimbledon in tears due to a leg injury.
Serena Williams has been hunting for an elusive 24th major since the 2017 Australian Open. She deliberately missed the Tokyo Olympics and the Cincinnati Masters in a bid to prepare for the U.S. Open but the 39-year-old will have to wait till next year to get her record 24th grand slam.
“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open.
“This is to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” Williams wrote in a statement 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 from afar,” she said.
Serena Williams is the latest big name to pull out of the U.S. Open, after reigning men’s champion, Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer, and four-time winner Rafa Nadal ended their 2021 season due to injuries.
The main draw of the U.S. Open will be conducted in New York on Monday.
For the first time since 1997, this year’s U.S. Open will be the first Grand Slam without one of Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal