MASON, Ohio — Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open, citing a lingering again harm.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion retired mainly because of the very same injuries for the duration of Sunday’s Rogers Cup remaining in Toronto versus Bianca Andreescu but had been envisioned to open participate in in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
She manufactured the announcement soon just before the start out of her scheduled 1st-round match towards Zarina Diyas on Tuesday night time.
Williams, a two-time winner at the party, will be changed by blessed loser Jessica Pegula.
“I am so unfortunate to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open up as it is really 1 of the tournaments I most enjoy to participate in,” she explained in a statement furnished by the event. “I came to Mason on Sunday and have attempted every little thing to be all set to play tonight, and was nevertheless hopeful just after my practice this early morning. But sad to say my again is nevertheless not correct and I know I need to not take to the courtroom.
“I definitely want to thank event director Andre Silva and the WTA for offering me every single probability to perform, and I also want to thank all the amazing admirers listed here in the Cincinnati place for their aid — it means so much. I guarantee I am going to do my best to be again listed here upcoming year.”
Williams is upcoming predicted to perform in New York at the US Open up, which starts Aug. 26 and where she is a 6-time winner and the 2018 runner-up.