With less than two weeks to go before the opening of the US, Serena Williams withdrew on Tuesday from the Cincinnati-area competition, quoting back issues.
Williams pulled out of the Western and Southern Opening before his open round game against Zarina Diyas. The decision came just one day after 37-year-old Williams retired during the final in the Rogers Cup in Toronto and put the title to Bianca Andreescu.
I statement Williams said that she traveled Sunday to the competition site in Mason, Ohio, and that she had “everything ready to play” on Tuesday. She stayed optimistic after practicing in the morning.
“Unfortunately, my back is not right,” she said, “and I know I shouldn't take the court.” T
Williams had only four games in the final in Toronto when she called on a medical time limit. Williams Williams's sons rose saying that she was suffering from back spasms. She threw tears as Andreescu, 19, gave her a hug and offered her empathy.
Liam told the Sunday reporters that she went to Ohio despite her return. She had difficulty sleeping, she said, and she could not move very well.
“These terrible spams really were in my life,” said Williams. “And they're extremely painful, but it goes after, like, 24, 36, 48 hours maybe, and he likes the clock work.”
Williams is the eighth place in the world but is looking for the first prize draw from the Australian Opening 2017, after which she took a long break with pregnancy and a difficult childbirth. This was won by 23 Grand Slam titles, one of Margaret Court's records for men and women, and the achievement of that mark was an exciting factor.
“Twenty-four will mean that she will always be the same as the record… and that's why she came back playing tennis after having a baby and many medical difficulties,” said her coach. Patrick Mouratoglou, in July, during Wimbledon.
“The effort she has ever made, I have never seen anything like this,” he said. “You have no idea how much she worked, how hard she worked to come back to that level, and she came back to that (record).
Williams came close to the Court record at Wimbledon, when she lost Simona Halep in the final. In 2018, she lost Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final and made it open to the United States.
Jessica Pegula, who lost to Diyas in the qualifying competition for the Western & Southern Open, took Williams's place in the main draw. Williams won the competition in 2014 and 2015. Pegula won the Citi Open in Washington earlier this month.
According to ESPN, Williams said she was keen on the Western and Southern Open.
“I promise that I will do my best to be back here next year,” she said.
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