SPORTS GIST Tennis SERENA WILLIAMS WITHDRAWS FROM US OPEN DUE TO HAMSTRING INJURY By Admin Posted on 4 weeks ago 2 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Serena Williams retires from her first round ladies' singles match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on centre court after picking up an injury on day two of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021. Farouq Oduola A. Serena Williams added herself on Wednesdays to the list of withdrawals from the US Open, pulling out of the last Grand Slam tournaments last year due to a torn hamstring. Having wounded her right leg in her first round encounter in Wimbledon at the end of June, Williams hasn’t performed since. The American, who will turn 40 next month, announced her decision to sit out the US Open via a social media post. She joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in sitting out the competition in Flushing Meadows, where play begins on Monday. “I decided to withdraw from the US Open after careful deliberation and following the advice of my doctors and the medical team, so that I could fully heal my body from a torn hamstring,” Williams stated in an Instagram statement. Williams won a record in the professional era in 23 Grand Slam individual titles. Only Margaret Court with 24, has more in history. Williams dropped out at Tokyo’s Olympics and chose a tuneup event at the US Open from the Cincinnati Masters.