Serena Williams added herself to the listing of big-name withdrawals from the U.S. 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, announced her decision to take a seat out the U.S. Open by way of a social media publish. She joins Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal 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 received 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a report within the skilled period. Only one participant in tennis historical past owns extra, Margaret Court with 24.
Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic share the lads’s report of 20.
“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 publish.
Her word ended with: “I’ll see you soon.”
Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, additionally put up a publish on social media, saying, “we’ve done everything we could” and including: “It is heartbreaking, but this is the only possible decision.”
Williams has received six singles championships on the U.S. Open, most just 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 — dropping to Naomi Osaka in 2018 and Bianca Andreescu in 2019 — and the semifinals three different instances, 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 largest tournaments, particularly on laborious courts and grass.
This season, she was a semifinalist on the Australian Open in February, earlier than dropping to eventual champion Osaka there. At the French Open, performed on crimson 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.
Calling all HuffPost superfans!
Sign up for membership to develop into a founding member and assist form HuffPost’s subsequent chapter