Ser­ena with­draws from WTA Fi­nals

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

US su­per­star Ser­ena Wil­liams has with­drawn from the elite WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore, say­ing she’s still work­ing to re­cover from the shoul­der trou­bles that hin­dered her in 2016.

The Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced her with­drawal from the event, which that starts on Oc­to­ber 23, with a video of Wil­liams ex­plain­ing her de­ci­sion posted to their Twit­ter feed.

It will be the sec­ond-straight year that Wil­liams is skip­ping the sea­son fi­nale in Sin­ga­pore due to in­jury.

“Hey ev­ery­one in Sin­ga­pore,” Wil­liams said. “I’m re­ally, re­ally bummed that I won’t be able to come com­pete this year.

“It’s been a re­ally tough year for me just deal­ing so much with th­ese shoul­der in­juries. My doc­tor in­sists that I stay home and heal it ev­ery sin­gle day.”

The 22-time Grand Slam cham­pion has al­ready pulled out of two tour­na­ments in China af­ter be­ing knocked out of the semi-fi­nals of the US Open.

That de­feat saw the end of Wil­liams’ 186-week reign atop the world rank­ings, with Ger­many’s An­gelique Ker­ber claim­ing the top spot while cap­tur­ing the Flush­ing Mead­ows ti­tle.

Wil­liams claimed just one Grand Slam ti­tle in 2016, at Wim­ble­don. Af­ter that, shoul­der trou­bles ham­pered her in Rio where her hopes of a fifth Olympic gold medal were crushed in the third round.

WTA CEO Steve Si­mon said in a state­ment that or­gan­is­ers were “as dis­ap­pointed as the fans”.

“We wish her a speedy re­cov­ery and look for­ward to see­ing her back com­pet­ing, fit and healthy,” he added.

Wil­liams’ with­drawal opens up the eighth qual­i­fi­ca­tion spot to Bri­tain’s Jo­hanna Konta, Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro and Rus­sia’s Svet­lana Kuznetsova.

Ei­ther Navarro or Kuznetsova must win the ti­tle in Moscow at the VTB Krem­lin Cup next week in order to edge out Konta for the eighth and fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing spot.

The tour­na­ment in Sin­ga­pore will see reign­ing cham­pion Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska de­fend­ing her ti­tle against cur­rent top seed Ker­ber. –

Photo: AFP

South Africa’s flanker Jaco Kriel (right) tack­les All Blacks cen­tre An­ton LienertBrown dur­ing a Rugby Cham­pi­onship match in Dur­ban on Oc­to­ber 8.

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