Serena withdraws from U.S. Open

Tennis star Serena Williams will not compete in the upcoming U.S. Open because of a torn hamstring, an injury that ended her Wimbledon run in the first round in June.



August 25, 2021 - 10:28 AM

Serena Williams plays a forehand in her first round match against Belinda Bencic at the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams added herself to the list of big-name withdrawals from the U.S. Open today, pulling out of the year’s last Grand Slam tournament because of a torn hamstring.

Williams hasn’t competed since injuring her right leg in the first set of her first-round match at Wimbledon in late June.

The American, who turns 40 next month, announced her decision to sit out the U.S. Open via a social media post. She joins Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in sitting out the competition in Flushing Meadows, where play begins next Monday.

The draw is Thursday.

Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record in the professional era. Only one player in tennis history owns more, Margaret Court with 24.

Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic share the men’s record of 20.