Serena Williams will not play at the 2021 edition of the US Open after she announced her withdrawal on Wednesday through social media. The 6-times American Grand Slam winner was advised by her medical team not to compete in New York because one of her injuries isn’t healed completely yet.
“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,” said Williams on Instagram.
The almost 40 years old tennis icon also expressed her admiration for the hosting city and her regrets. “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,” said Williams.
Serena Williams’ 2021 Grand Slam performance wrap-up
The 4th and last Grand Slam of the year ended in an unfortunate and premature way for Serena Williams, whose only major highlight of 2021 is the Australian Open semifinal, which she lost against Naomi Osaka.
Other than that, the American player stopped in the 1/8 finals at Roland Garros, bowing down in the face of WTA no. 20, Elena Rybakina, and withdrew in the first round at Wimbledon after 6 games against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
At almost 40 years of age, fans and tennis pundits lose more and more faith in her powers and will to win her 24th Grand Slam, which will make her equalize Margaret Court’s record. "Heading to New York, a big question mark is around Serena's fitness.
As has been the case with Roger Federer, she's not getting any younger. So, whereas I probably had that belief at the beginning of the year, I think it's a step too far now," said Tim Henman before Serena announced her withdrawal from the US Open.