10 days ago, world number 26 and the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has taken the wild card for the Rogers Cup, aiming to play there for the first time since 2015 when she lost in the semis to Belinda Bencic, but she was forced to withdraw for personal reasons, as was announced by Tennis Canada. The 36-year-old has suffered the worst defeat of her career this week in San Jose, losing 12 straight games against Johanna Konta, and she wasn't ready to play Montreal and Cincinnati in back-to-back weeks.
Serena has played only five tournaments so far in 2018, reaching the final at Wimbledon and entering the Top 30 again despite a loss to Angelique Kerber in straight sets. Tatjana Maria will replace Serena in the main draw and we will have to wait and see her decision about playing in Cincinnati and the US Open.
Serena had missed almost the entire 2017 season due to pregnancy and the birth of her daughter and she is on the comeback trail, aiming to return to the top and win more Majors title before the end of her career.
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Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action,” said Eugène Lapierre, tournament director of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. “But beyond the disappointment, the tournament, as a whole, remains a high-level competition.
The entire Top 10 is here, along with 22 of the Top 25. There are exciting matches in store from the outset.”