Serena pulls out of WTA fi­nals

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SERENA Wil­liams has with­drawn from the sea­so­nend­ing WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore later this month cit­ing a per­sis­tent shoul­der in­jury, the world num­ber two said yes­ter­day.

The 22-times grand slam sin­gles cham­pion has played only eight tour­na­ments this year and lost her top rank­ings to Ger­man An­gelique Ker­ber.

“It’s been a re­ally tough year for me, deal­ing with these shoul­der in­juries.

“My doc­tor in­sists that I stay home and heal it. I only have won­der­ful memories of play­ing in Sin­ga­pore and I will re­ally miss my fans,” the 35-year-old said in a video on the WTA web­site.

Wil­liams, who also missed Wuhan Open and China Open and a tour­na­ment in Cincin­nati this year, added that she will be “off court for the next sev­eral weeks”.

The Amer­i­can ar­rived at the year’s US Open with con­cerns around a sore shoul­der from the Rio Olympics in Au­gust and was beaten by Czech 10th seed Karolina Pliskova in the semi-fi­nal at the Flush­ing Mead­ows.

Wil­liams, who had also pulled out of last year’s WTA Fi­nals, has won two ti­tles this year, in Rome and at Wim­ble­don, where she matched St­effi Graf ’s pro­fes­sional era record of 22 grand slam sin­gles ti­tles.

Ker­ber, Si­mona Halep, Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska, Karolina Pliskova and Gar­bine Mugu­ruza, Madi­son Keys and Do­minika Cibulkova have al­ready qual­i­fied for the WTA Fi­nals start­ing on Sun­day. — Reuters

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