Serena Williams, 39-year-old, pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday to recover from a torn hamstring. “After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” she wrote in an Instagram post. Since she started to appear in major events in 1998, Williams has only missed the U.S. Open three times. Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles in her career but has not won a major event since the 2017 Australian Open. She lost in the semifinals of ehe U.S. Open to Naomi Osaka in 2020 and in the final in 2018. She also lost in the final to Bianca Andreescu in a huge upset in 2019. For the last three years, Williams has been chasing the all-time Grand Slam singles record of 24 championships held by Margaret Court. Williams is the latest high-profile name to miss the tournament after defending men’s champion Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all announced they would not be competing due to injuries.
Williams is widely regarded to be one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. She has won the ‘Laureus Sportswoman of the Year’ award four times (2003, 2010, 2016, 2018), and in December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine. In 2021, she was ranked 28th on Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes list.