Serena Williams withdraws from U.S. Open due to torn hamstring
Huge bummer for Serena Williams — the tennis superstar will NOT be competing at the U.S. Open next week … saying it’s best she lets her hamstring injury fully heal before returning to the court.
Williams, a six-times winner at Flushing Meadows, has had an injury-marred season and limped out of her first-round match at Wimbledon in tears due to the leg injury.
The 39-year-old, who has been on the hunt for an elusive 24th major, skipped the Olympics in Tokyo and also opted out of the Cincinnati Masters, a tune-up event to the U.S. Open.
“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 in a statement on Instagram.
With 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams holds the record for the most of any female player in the open era. She has won six of those titles at the U.S. Open.
She is not the first tennis star to withdraw from the tournament. Rafael Nadal, 35, and Roger Federer, 40, both ended their seasons when they pulled out of the U.S. Open earlier this month. Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic are all tied with 20 Grand Slam titles.
This is the first year since 1997 that the U.S. Open will be held without Federer, Nadal and Williams playing for singles titles.
The U.S. Open is set to begin Monday and will run through Sept. 12 in Queens.