Serena Williams withdraws from US Open due to torn hamstring
Serena Williams: "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."; Venus Williams also withdraws
Last Updated: 25/08/21 10:01pm
Serena Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to a torn hamstring.
A six-time singles champion at Flushing Meadows, Williams has not played since suffering the injury at Wimbledon in June.
She was forced to retire from her opening-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich after slipping on a wet Centre Court surface at the All England Club.
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For the first time since 1997, US Open will be played without any of the three tennis superstars Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
Williams pulled out of last week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in order to focus on her rehabilitation but she failed to recover in time for the final Grand Slam of the year.
Williams wrote on Instagram: "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.
"New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favourite places to play - 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."
And Serena's sister Venus later announced she was also pulling out of the US Open, an event she has won twice.
The 41-year-old tweeted: "Not the best news everyone. I am joining @serenawilliams @RafaelNadal and @rogerfederer on the injured list.
"It's still going to be a great US Open & many thanks to the @usta for the wild card.
"I was so looking forward to it, but it was not meant to be this year. I will be back!"