Why did Serena Williams withdraw?
"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 in Wednesday's post. ... At the French Open, played on red clay, Williams lost in the fourth round to Elena Rybakina. NPRSerena Williams Withdraws From The US Open Over An Injury
Is Serena playing in the US Open 2021?
With both Venus and Serena not participating, it marks the first time since 2003 that neither of the two will play in the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. ... Serena, a 23-time major singles champion, withdrew from the U.S. Open as she rehabs a torn hamstring. Sports IllustratedSerena and Venus Williams Withdraw From 2021 U.S. Open
Sisters Serena Williams and Venus Williams said Wednesday that they will not play in the upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament because of injuries. They join standouts Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in their withdrawals, marking the first major tournament since 1997 without the quartet of stars who have largely dominated the sport.
Serena Williams cited a torn hamstring as her reason for withdrawing. Venus Williams said she had a leg injury. Both sisters announced within a 10-hour span. It is the first time since 2003 neither has appeared in the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.
Serena Williams suffered her injury at Wimbledon, forcing her to retire from that tournament and also miss the Olympics.
“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” Williams wrote on Instagram.
Venus followed up with a video message several hours later.
“Not the best news from Serena and I today. I, too, am unable to play the U.S. Open. It’s super super super disappointing. Having some issues with my leg all this summer and just couldn’t work through it.”
In related tennis health news, the U.S. Tennis Association said today it will expand its medical care to provide “best-in-class mental health support to players” at the U.S. Open. The move is particularly significant since defending champion Naomi Osaka has been the focus of mental health issues for players since the French Open. She later withdrew from Wimbledon.
Osaka’s fragile state was recently underlined when she broke down in tears and briefly left a press conference after being asked about her dealings with the media.
The U.S. Open begins Monday and will be televised by ESPN.
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Serena will definitely be missed. She and Venus have been entertaining fans for years. They were 2 of the very best ever. Sad to see them go!
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