Serena Williams confirms terrible blow ahead of US Open

New York, New York - Six-time champion Serena Williams has been forced to pull out of the upcoming US Open with a torn hamstring, she said on social media Wednesday.

Serena Williams confirmed she would not take part in the upcoming US Open tournament.
Serena Williams confirmed she would not take part in the upcoming US Open tournament.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The 39-year-old withdrew from her first-round match at Wimbledon in June after she slipped on the grass-court surface and has not recovered in time to take part at Flushing Meadows over the next two weeks.

Williams revealed on Instagram that she has decided to allow her injury more time to recover fully.

She posted: "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."

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"New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favourite players to play – I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love."

A comeback too far?

Serena Williams was forced to retire hurt in her first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Wimbledon in June.
Serena Williams was forced to retire hurt in her first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Wimbledon in June.  © IMAGO / Shutterstock

Williams’ withdrawal prolongs her attempt to equal Margaret Court’s tally of 24 Grand Slams.

The former world number one last claimed major success at the 2017 Australian Open and it was later revealed she had been eight weeks pregnant when she triumphed in Melbourne.

After giving birth in September of that year, Williams remarkably returned to action three months later but has fallen short in four Grand Slam finals since – the US Open and Wimbledon in both 2018 and 2019.

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While the 23-time champion reached the last four at the Australian Open in January, she exited Roland Garros in the fourth round and was forced to pull out of Wimbledon midway through her first-round tie due to a hamstring injury.

It means by the time Williams tries to returns to grand slam action at the start of 2022, it would have been five years since her last major and she would also have reached the age of 40 – raising the prospect Court’s tally of Grand Slams could remain unmatched.

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