A few hours after the tennis star Serena Williams quit Withdrawing from the U.S. Open due to a hamstring injury, her sister announced that her own illness would prevent her from participating in the competition. Venus Williams announced on Twitter on Wednesday that “problems” with her legs would force her to miss the first U.S. Open since 2006.
“It’s super, super, super disappointing,” said Williams, who missed the 2006 U.S. Open with a wrist injury. “I had some problems with my legs throughout the summer, but they just couldn’t be solved. I tried my best in Chicago, but I just couldn’t figure out the equation. And there were many times I was able to do it even if it’s not in my best health. I have to figure it out, but this time I can’t create any miracles.”
Williams has created miracles in her career, winning seven Grand Slam titles, including two titles at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001. The 41-year-old player last played in the semifinals of a Grand Slam at the 2017 U.S. Open. She said in the video that the Open is her “favorite” Grand Slam tournament.
“I have a lot of good memories there and I can’t wait to get back on the court,” Williams said. “I will work with my team and finish it as soon as possible.”
This year was a struggle for Williams, who needed a wild card to participate in the US Open after falling to No. 112 in the WTA rankings-in addition to the top 104 that he entered directly. She lost 8 of 11 games in 2021, including a 6-2 and 6-3 loss to Xie Suwei in this week’s WTA Chicago Women’s Open.
With Williams withdrawing from the US Open, she now has time to do something she didn’t have before: dating. In the video announcing her withdrawal from school, she jokingly asked for the “application” of the bachelor.
“I’m not used to having some free time at all. I know I said that I can’t date at Wimbledon this year, but I have changed my mind now,” Williams said. “So now I have free time. I accept applications from all bachelors who are more than 5 feet tall. They are smart but not smarter than me. They have a job and don’t speak much. My coach Eric Heckman is accepting all applications because you have to Contribute to the tournament.”
In addition to the Williams sisters, actor Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also withdrew from the US Open. This will be a Grand Slam tournament. Since the 1997 US Open, Serena Williams, Federer and Nadal have not participated in the main singles draw.
The US Open is scheduled to take place from August 30 to September. 12 In Queens, New York.