She wrote on Instagram: “After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open and allow my body to fully recover from a torn hamstring.” “New York is the most beautiful in the world. One of the exciting cities and one of my favorite places to play-I will miss the fans, but I will cheer for everyone in the distance. Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you later.”
In an interview with CBS Sports Channel, Williams coach Patrick Mulatoglu explained the process Williams went through, trying to prepare for the last Grand Slam of the calendar year in time. In the end, the short time between the continued injury (Wimbledon Women’s Singles Championship held from June 28 to July 10) and the start of the U.S. Open program (August 30) did not allow for a full recovery. The risk of long-term damage is simply too great.
“[Serena] Injured at Wimbledon, we know we have a very tight schedule to get her back on track and be able to participate in the U.S. Open,” Mouratoglou told CBS Sports. “We know that no setbacks will happen during this period. So, in the beginning, everything went well. She never walked until she could finally play tennis on the tennis court, motionless. “
Muratoglu said Williams then moved laterally on the court, but a few days later, he began to feel pain again.
“We did the exam [MRI] We are aware that there are still tears in the tendons and have not fully returned to normal,” Mouratoglou told CBS Sports. “Even if we tried, there is still a week before the US Open, we finally realized that there is a big risk to play. There is a real risk of more serious injury, because if you kick too far with a torn tendon, the tendon may rupture completely, which is something you don’t want to risk. “
Mouratoglou added that, in essence, this is a race against time.
“It’s very sad because it’s just a problem. Maybe in two weeks, she will be fine, but we don’t have those for more than two weeks. She will be completely better. [to play again] Within two to three weeks, the risk is too great to bear,” he said.
Since Williams returned to the sport in March 2018 after the birth of his daughter Olympia, the tennis legend has participated in all Grand Slam tournaments held. In 2021, Williams saw her best Grand Slam performance at the Australian Open in February, where she reached the semi-finals before losing straight to eventual champion Naomi Osaka. Williams will turn 40 on September 26 and last won a Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January 2017, when she defeated her sister Venus in the final.
Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career. The only person with more is Margaret Court, she has 24 times. Williams’ exit statement erased the opportunity for the 2021 U.S. Open to be a tie between Williams and Court. But this is the only negative storyline that enters the event.
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Williams’ sister Venus also announced the decision to miss the game due to injury, and for men, 40-year-old Roger Federer and 35-year-old Rafael Nadal both withdrew from the 2021 season due to injury. This year’s U.S. Open will be the first Grand Slam tournament without Williams sisters Federer and Nadal participating in a major singles draw since the 1996 U.S. Open.