The 2021 US Open starts on 30th August in New York. Serena Williams will not be playing on the courts at Flushing Meadows next week. The American star player revealed that she has withdrawn from the US Open since her torn hamstring had not been completely healed ahead of the final Grand Slam of the year.
Serena Williams intimated that after careful consideration and taking the advice of her medical team, she has decided to withdraw from the US Open. This break will allow her to heal completely from the torn hamstring. Serena added that New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and she will miss seeing the fans but will be cheering all the players.
Serena missed last week’s event in Cincinnati to get fit for Flushing Meadows but her hamstring ultimately failed to recover in time. The 39-year-old player tore her hamstring during the first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Wimbledon. She did not play the rest of the match in that tournament. She kept herself away from participating in the major tournaments, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Serena Williams has always been excellent at the US Open. It is the tournament, where she won her first Grand Slam title in 1999. Later she went on to win the US Open title another five times. She had played the finals for four times, most recently in 2018 and 2019. Serena Williams won her last US Open title in 2014.
This torn hamstring injury is another setback on Serena’s hunt to equal Margaret’s 24 Grand Slam titles. Serena is in search of the Grand Slam title for the past four years. She won her last Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open. Since then Serena had made it to two Wimbledon finals and two US Open finals but she was unable to take a single win. Serena Williams has remained stuck at 23.
The US Open is the last Grand Slam on this calendar, so Serena Williams will have enough time to recover before the Australian Open in January 2022. Serena Williams will have a chance to equal Margaret’s record and will be remembered as one of the greatest female players in the Tennis history.
Serena’s sister Venus Williams has also withdrawn from the US Open due to injury. For the first time since 2003, neither has appeared in the tournament. Some other top-seed players like Rafael Nadal, RogerFederer, and Dominic Thiem had already withdrawn due to injuries.