Serena Williams has withdrawn from the two remaining tournaments she was scheduled to play in this year, the China Open and the WTA Finals in Singapore. That’s great news for professional women tennis players who hope to win those tournaments. But it’s sad news for fans, who will regret not seeing Williams compete.
World No. 1 Serena Williams, 34, had one of the greatest years in tennis history in 2015, shining a bright light on the game in a way no other player can. Once thought to be near the end of an already brilliant career, Williams redoubled her desires a few years back and went on a tear. This year Williams came out of the gate winning the first three Grand Slams. Her brilliant quest for a fourth straight ended in unlikely defeat in the semifinals at the US Open. Williams appeared understandably spent afterwards, quickly bolting Flushing Meadows and moving on to the next thing — as Serena Williams customarily (and professionally) does. But that moving on will begin again next season, not this one — as originally planned.
“This is a very difficult decision, but one ultimately made because of the love of the game,” said @serenawilliams. Full story to follow.
— China Open (@ChinaOpen) October 1, 2015
.Serena Williams said she had withdrawn from the final 2015 events to address her health “and to heal”. — China Open (@ChinaOpen) October 1, 2015