Serena Williams Pulls Out Of U.S Open 2021.

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The 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, has withdrawn from the upcoming US Open in order to recover from a torn hamstring. Williams has’t played since retiring from her first round match at Wimbledon two months ago after suffering an ankle injury.

Writing on Instagram , the 39-year old said: “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.”

She added “New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play,” she noted. “I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.”

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The US Open sent get well wishes to the 39-year-old US star. “We’ll miss you, Serena! Get well soon,” it said on Twitter.

Williams has been stuck on 23 Grand Slam titles – one away from the all-time record by Margaret Court – since 2017 Australian Open , having failed to win a set in her last four Grand Slam finals and now it seems she’ll  have to wait until the Australian Open in 2022 for her next opportunity to equal the record. The mother of 3-year old, Olympia has also tied with Chris Evert for the most singles titles—six—in the Open Era, or current era of professional tennis.

During last year’s US Open, Williams lost to Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals while this year, Williams reached the last-four at the Australian Open, losing to Naomi Osaka, followed by the fourth round exit in Paris.

Sharing her experience on Instagram after suffering an ankle injury during her first set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, William who turns 40 this September said she was broken to “withdraw today after injuring my right leg. my love and gratitude are with the fans and the team who make being on centre court so meaningful. Feeling the extraordinary warmth and support of the crowd today when I walked on – and off – the court meant the world to me.”

While at Wimbledon, Williams stumbled twice in her first round against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the second fall on the baseline proved to be decisive. Williams left the court in tears for just the second instance of a first round exit at a Slam.

The 2021 US Open, which is the final Grand Slam of the year, will begin on Aug. 30. Other big players from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal to Dominic Thiem will also miss this year’s US Open due to injuries.​​​​​​​

Moses Aine

Reporter, The Postdale Daily

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