Serena Williams has withdrawn from the US Open to allow her ‘body to heal completely’ after tearing her hamstring at Wimbledon.
Williams suffered an early exit from Wimbledon after sustaining an on-court injury during her first set. Her withdrawal from the competition was only the second time she’s had to retire from a match in any major tournament during her career.
As a result, she will now forego the Open in a bid to regain her fitness after ‘consulting with her medical team’.
Williams released a statement on her Instagram saying:
‘After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring.
‘New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favourite places to play – I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar.
‘Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.’