Serena and Venus Williams added themselves to the checklist of big-name withdrawals from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, making this the primary time since 2003 neither of the sisters will seem within the yr’s final Grand Slam event.
Serena, who turns 40 subsequent month, cited a torn proper hamstring that has saved her out of competitors since she was injured within the first set of her first-round match at Wimbledon in late June.
Venus, who’s 41, mentioned she has a leg damage.
They introduced their selections through social media posts about 10 hours aside.
“Not the perfect information from Serena and I in the present day. I, too, am unable to play the U.S. Open. It’s tremendous tremendous tremendous disappointing,” Venus mentioned. “Having some points with my leg all this summer season and simply couldn’t work by means of it.”
The People be part of 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 appear like with out them. The draw for the event is Thursday.
This would be the first main event for the reason that 1997 Australian Open with none of the 4 within the singles brackets. Venus made her Grand Slam debut on the 1997 French Open; Serena arrived the following yr; Federer confirmed up in 1999; Nadal in 2003.
Serena has gained 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a report within the skilled period. Just one participant in tennis historical past owns extra, Margaret Court docket with 24. Venus has gained seven, together with on the U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001.
Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic share the lads’s report of 20.
“After cautious consideration and following the recommendation of my docs and medical crew, I’ve determined to withdraw from the US Open to permit my physique to heal utterly from a torn hamstring,” Serena wrote in her publish Wednesday.
Her notice ended with: “I’ll see you quickly.”
Serena’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, additionally put up a publish on social media, saying, “we’ve performed the whole lot we might” and including: “It’s heartbreaking, however that is the one doable choice.”
She has gained six singles championships on the U.S. Open, most just lately in 2014. In her 5 appearances on the hard-court event in New York since then, she has made it to the ultimate twice — shedding 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 Serena to stay among the many title contenders on the greatest tournaments, particularly on onerous courts and grass.
This season, she was a semifinalist on the Australian Open in February, earlier than shedding to eventual champion Osaka there. On the French Open, performed on pink clay, Serena misplaced within the fourth spherical to Elena Rybakina.
At Wimbledon, Serena 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.