(Washington) Americans Serena and Venus Williams withdrew Tuesday from the Cincinnati hardboard tournament, to join their compatriot Sofia Kenin, the list of candidates to bypass this stage of preparations for the US Open.
Two-time champion Serena Williams in Cincinnati has explained that the injury to her right leg that appeared at Wimbledon last month is still hurting.
“Unfortunately, I will not be playing in the West and South African Open next week as I am still recovering from my leg injury at Wimbledon,” she said in a statement. “I will miss all of my Cincinnati fans, who I look forward to seeing every summer. I plan to return to the courts soon.”
The reasons for Venus Williams’ withdrawal were not made clear, while Kenin defended a foot injury and remained “hopefully to play in the US Open later in the month”.
“I think I need another week of recovery,” Kenin explained.
The three players join Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the retirement list in Cincinnati.
Federer, a seven-time winner in Ohio, is skipping the championship due to a knee injury, which already disqualified him from the Olympics.
Djokovic made clear on social media on Monday that he needs to recover after the Tokyo Olympics.
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