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Serena, Venus Williams withdraw from China Open

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Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s China Open due to illness and Venus Williams has withdrawn due to a back injury, a source at the WTA has confirmed.

Early Thursday morning, the China Open’s official account tweeted via the Chinese Twitter service Weibo that Serena had withdrawn from the tournament due to the flu and would be replaced by Romina Oprandi. Later in the afternoon, Serena tweeted her flu-like symptoms.

Serena has a history of keeping her post-U.S. Open schedule notoriously light. Since 2005 she has played Beijing only once, in 2009, which also happens to be the first year it was made mandatory and the last year she qualified for the WTA’s season-ending Championships.

One school of thought was that Serena would make a push to end the season at No. 1, a feat she could have accomplished if she played well in the fall. She was the only top 10 player to skip Tokyo and now with her withdrawal from the WTA’s mandatory tournament in Beijing the path to No. 1 gets tougher. Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova continue to widen the point gap (both made the quarterfinals in Tokyo this week and are scheduled for Beijing next week) and if Azarenka makes the final in Beijing, then Serena has no chance to finish No. 1 regardless of how well she plays — if she plays — in the Championships in Istanbul.

  • Published On Sep 27, 2012
  • 5 comments
    KrisGuiao
    KrisGuiao

    She's doing the right thing. Seriously, does she really need to finish No. 1? She's took home 2/4 grand slams this year. She is, by far, the best player on the tour for a long while yet. Her grand slam title history will speak for ages. 

    Terry L
    Terry L

    I think people make too much of Serena wanting to be No. 1.  She does but it's not about numbers for her.  She's smart.  She's 31 and does not need to wear her body down.  These girls playing are sick, tired and mentally blown out.  Those that make the championship will be so exhausted they will have wished they stayed out.  I can't get upset with Serena, she's won all the tournaments she's entered into since June or July so, she deserved to pull out and rest.  Plus, she's about setting records now, the No. 1 spot will come .

    dre
    dre

    She was sick. I would have withdrawn also.. Im glad she did.  I know Azarenka with just a day ago from feeling dizzy.  She will be ready for Year-End.

    Ryan10
    Ryan10

    Why is it a big deal when/if she withdraws?? Didn't Azarenka and Sharapova withdraw from Cincinnati and Montreal this year ...Azarenka also Dubai and Rome ....Sharapova Brisbane?? Of course unless you're Serena its blown outta proportion.