Injured Serena Williams withdraws from U.S. Open

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the U.S. Open.

The six-time U.S. Open champion on Wednesday said that her torn hamstring had not completely healed.

Williams posted on Instagram (quote): "After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring.”

Injuries have plagued the 39-year-old American this season.

Back in June, Williams limped out of her first-round match at Wimbledon in tears due to the leg injury.

Then, she skipped the Olympics in Tokyo and also opted out of the Cincinnati Masters - known as a tune-up event for the U.S. Open.

Her withdrawal from next week’s Grand Slam tournament casts further doubt over whether she can match Margaret Court's record of 24 major titles, as she turns 40 next month.

Williams has reached the finals in four Grand Slams since having a child four years ago but has not won a major since picking up her 23rd title at the 2017 Australian Open, losing in straight sets each time.

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