Ser­ena with­draws from China Open, WTA Fi­nals

The China Post - - SPORTS -

World No. 1 Ser­ena Wil­liams an­nounced Thurs­day her with­drawal from next week’s China Open in Bei­jing and the WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore, end­ing her sea­son.

“I am tak­ing a proac­tive step and with­draw­ing from tour­na­ments in Bei­jing and Sin­ga­pore to prop­erly ad­dress my health and take the time to heal,” the 21-time Grand Slam win­ner said in a state­ment.

The China Open first tweeted the an­nounce­ment, but the Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion has not con­firmed Wil­liams’ with­drawal from Sin­ga­pore’s year fi­nale.

Wil­liams, 34, has not played since she lost in the semi­fi­nals of the U.S. Open to Italy’s Roberta Vinci, one of the most shock­ing up­sets in ten­nis history.

“It’s no se­cret I’ve played in­jured most of the year — whether it was my el­bow, my knee, or, in the fi­nals mo­ments af­ter a cer­tain match in Flush­ing, my heart,” Wil­liams said.

Wil­liam’s coach Pa­trick Mouratoglou told ESPN ear­lier this week that she was in­tensely dis­ap­pointed af­ter miss­ing out on a fifth con­sec­u­tive Grand Slam crown and hinted that she may with­draw from the re­main­ing tour­na­ments of the sea­son.

Even miss­ing out of the two fi­nal tour­na­ments of the year, Wil­liams will still end the year as world No. 1.

“I’m re­ally sorry for Ser­ena. But Ser­ena is Ser­ena. (She is) still a great player also if she doesn’t play,” Vinci said in re­sponse to Wil­liams’ with­drawal.

Vinci, 32, started the year ranked 44 and has risen to 18 since mak­ing her first Grand Slam fi­nal at the U.S. Open.

The Ital­ian se­cured her place in the semi­fi­nals of the Wuhan Open Thurs­day where she could face Wil­liams’ older sis­ter Venus.

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