Saturday, August 21, 2010

US Open takes the biggest blow as Serena Williams withdraws

For the first time since the inception of computer rankings in 1975, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's No.1 player will miss the US Open, as Serena Williams has withdrawn with a right foot injury.

"It is with much frustration and deep sadness that I am having to pull out of the US Open. Due to the surgery I had on my foot earlier this month, my doctors have advised against my playing so that my foot can heal," Williams said in a statement on Friday afternoon. "I take great pride in playing the Grand Slam tournaments and have not missed one since 2006; not being able to be part of this year's US Open is one of the most devastating moments of my career. Playing in front of the electric crowd of New York at the US Open and competing against the best female athletes in the world is always a highlight, and I look forward to getting back on the court as quickly as possible."

Williams has 13 Grand Slam titles to her name, five Australian Opens (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010), one French Open (2002), four Wimbledons (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010) and three US Opens (1999, 2002, 2008).

With the withdrawal of Williams (who would be top seed) puts Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters as 1&2 seeds and in the perfect position for a replay of last years final.

However Serena should retain the World Number 1 rank.


Carlos said...

Why didn't Serena sue the restaurant where she got hurt? It is costing her money: (1)Paying for the medical bills for the injury (cause by the broken glass)(2)Preventing her from making money by not being able to play.

WTA Tour Insight said...

That's exactly what I have said to all of my tennis friends!

She should sue for medical cover and the 1.2million she probably would have won! I guess on the other hand she probably didn't want to seem selfish considering her already vast wealth but I know if I was in her posistion I would be sueing.

Carlos said...

I would also sue.

I guess we are in the same wavelength "Captain".

WTA Tour Insight said...

Yes we are!

we seem to alot, I guess we both think the same way.

Blaire said...

Its a real shame :'(
I supose she doesn't want to sue and seem selfish
people would be like "woha doesnt she have enough money as it is, how selfish" and after last years open she wouldnt want that. So yes I agree with you Emily :)

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