Serena Williams Withdraws From Tournaments
World-renowned tennis pro Serena Williams’ tennis season has come to a close.
The star withdrew from her final two scheduled tournaments of the year on Thursday, saying she needs time to heal from a series of injuries and the heartbreak of coming up short in a bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam.
“It’s no secret I’ve played injured most of the year — whether it was my elbow, my knee, or, in the final moments after a certain match in Flushing, my heart,” Williams said in a statement.
Williams hasn’t played since losing to Roberta Vinci in the semifinals of the U.S. Open. She pulled out of next week’s China Open in Beijing and the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore from Oct. 25-Nov. 1.
“I want to compete as well as I can as long as I can,” she said. “So I’m taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal.”