Star tennis player Serena Williams has pulled out of the upcoming US Open, set to get underway on August 30, due to a hamstring injury. The 23-time Grand Slam winner took to Instagram to break the news. “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,” wrote the 39-year-old American.
Serena last appearance came against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Wimbledon. The veteran couldn’t complete her match and walked off the court, after picking up an injury, in the first set. Serena Williams is a six-time US Open Champion. She won her first major tournament at the 1999 US Open at a tender age of 19, the first step on her path to greatness. The 22nd ranked player last missed the US Open in 2017 due to the birth of her daughter. In the following two years, she made it to the finals but failed to win the title, which added to her frustration as she attempted to level with Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles.
“New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite 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,” she wrote on social media.
Serena Williams is not the first big name to pull out of the US Open. Earlier, legendary Roger Feeder, Rafael Nadal and defending champion Dominic Thiem also pulled out of the tournament.