Serena Williams on Wednesday joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in missing the US Open through injury, depleting further the lineup at the final Grand Slam of the season.
The player who turns 40 next month last competed in the Wimbledon first round, retiring in tears at 3-3 against Aliksandra Sannovich with an injured right hamstring.
“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,” she posted on Instagram.
“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.”
After winning her last Grand Slam in 2017, Williams has stalled as she tries to nose into her 24th major title, which would pull her level on the all-time record of 24 set in the 1970s by Margaret Court.
Since winning the Australian Open four and a half years ago, Williams has lost four Grand Slam finals in 2018 and 2019.
Williams owns six titles at the Open, her last in 2014.
The other pair of icons Federer and Nadal, are also both dealing with injuries:
Federer is due a third right knee operation in two years while Nadal has been bothered by a foot problem and has ended his season early after last playing in a match earlier this month in Washington..
Men’s holder Dominic Thiem is also out for the season with a wrist injury suffered on grass in June.
Main photo:- Serena Williams in tears after she retires from first round match at Wimbledon 2021 Credit: AELTC/Jed Leicester