Serena withdraws from US Open, cites hamstring

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Serena Williams added herself to the listing of big-name withdrawals from the US Open on Wednesday, pulling out of the yr’s final Grand Slam match due to a torn hamstring.

Williams hasn’t competed since injuring her proper leg within the first set of her first-round match at Wimbledon in late June.

The American, who turns 40 subsequent month, introduced her choice to sit down out the US Open through a social media publish. She joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in sitting out the competitors in Flushing Meadows, the place play begins subsequent Monday, elevating questions on what the way forward for tennis would possibly seem like with out them. The draw for the match is Thursday.

This would be the first main match since 1997 with none of Williams, Federer or Nadal within the singles brackets. Williams made her Grand Slam debut on the 1998 Australian Open; Federer made his the next yr; Nadal in 2003.

Williams has gained 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a report within the skilled period. Just one participant in tennis historical past owns extra, Margaret Court docket with 24.

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“After cautious consideration and following the recommendation of my medical doctors and medical group, I’ve determined to withdraw from the US Open to permit my physique to heal fully from a torn hamstring,” Williams wrote in Wednesday’s publish.

Her notice ended with: “I am going to see you quickly.”

Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, additionally put up a publish on social media, saying, “we have accomplished all the pieces we might” and including: “It’s heartbreaking, however that is the one attainable choice.”

Williams has gained six singles championships on the US Open, most lately in 2014. In her 5 appearances on the hard-court match in New York since then, she has made it to the ultimate twice — shedding to Naomi Osaka in 2018 and Bianca Andreescu in 2019 — and the semifinals three different occasions, together with final yr.

Her best-in-the-game serve and highly effective groundstrokes have allowed Williams to stay among the many title contenders on the greatest tournaments, particularly on arduous courts and grass.

This season, she was a semifinalist on the Australian Open in February, earlier than shedding to eventual champion Osaka there. On the French Open, performed on pink clay, Williams misplaced within the fourth spherical to Elena Rybakina.

At Wimbledon, Williams was serving whereas main 3-1 in her opening match when her left shoe appeared to lose its traction whereas she was hitting a forehand and her proper leg flexed awkwardly.

She tried to proceed however finally wanted to cease enjoying, solely the second mid-match retirement of her Grand Slam profession and first since 1998.

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