Tennis idol Serena Williams officially withdrew from the U.S. Open due to injury.
In June, the 39-year-old Grand Slam singles record holder strained a hamstring in the first set of Wimbledon's first-round match against Belarusian Sasnovich. She slipped along the bottom line, sprained her ankle, and caused injury. Williams tried to continue the game, but it was too painful. She hasn't played since then.
"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,” Williams said in an Aug. 25 statement 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 from afar."
Williams has been in the semifinals or better in the last 11 U.S. Open games. However, in the world tennis rankings, Williams has fallen to 22nd after losing to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in January. Since then, she has played only eight games, one of which was eliminated in the French Open against Kazakhstan's Elena Lebakina. Williams played only six games and was injured while playing Sasnovich.
According to "USA Today" reports, she may fall to 30th place because she is now unable to defend the points gained in the semi-finals of the 2020 US Open.
Her withdrawal from the tournament now allows more popular tennis matches to stand out from the competition, as other champions including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Tim and Stan Wawrinka are all missed due to injuries.