Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s U.S. Open due to her torn hamstring that has not completely healed ahead of the final Grand Slam of the year, the American said on Wednesday.
Williams, a six-time winner at Flushing Meadows, has had an injury-marred season and limped out of her first-round match at Wimbledon in tears due to the leg injury.
The 39-year-old, who has been hunting for an elusive 24th major, skipped the Olympics in Tokyo and opted out of the Cincinnati Masters.
“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open.
“This is to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” Williams wrote in a statement on Instagram.
“New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favourite places to play — I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone from afar.”
Williams is the latest big name to pull out of the tournament after reigning men’s champion, Dominic Thiem, and four-times winner Rafa Nadal, ended their 2021 season due to injuries.
The main draw of the U.S. Open gets underway in New York on Monday.