The American tennis star decided not to attend the Grand Slam at home due to a hamstring injury that has not yet fully recovered.
“After careful consideration and listening to the advice of doctors andmedical staff, I decided to withdraw from the US Open to completely heal from the hamstring tear. New York is one of my favorite competition venues. my favorite. I miss my fans, and will be cheering everyone on from afar,” Serena Williams announced on her personal page.
Serena, a six-time champion at Flushing Meadows, has had a season filled with injuries. She had to limp away from her first match at Wimbledon in tears due to an injury from a slip. In the 2021 season, Serena reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the fourth round of the French Open.
The 39-year-old previously decided to skip the Tokyo Olympics and the Cincinnati Masters, to prepare for the US Open, the tournament she aimed for the 24th Grand Slam title of her career.
Serena, who will turn 40 next month, reached the semi-finals of the US Open 2020 after winning the previous two years in a row. The last time she won the US Open was 2014. Since the 2017 Australian Open title and the birth of her daughter Olympia, Serena has not won another Grand Slam.
Serena is the latest name to withdraw from the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. Previously, defending champion of men’s content Dominic Thiem announced that he would not attend due to injury. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were also absent for the same reason.
US Open 2021 kicks off from August 30, with a total prize money of up to 57.5 million USD, of which the singles champion receives 2.5 million USD.