Serena Williams to miss the U.S. Open, Venus Williams to miss both major tournaments

Both of the Williams sisters will miss the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam of the year. Serena, currently recovering from giving birth to her first child, announced she won’t play at the Open…

Serena Williams to miss the U.S. Open, Venus Williams to miss both major tournaments

Both of the Williams sisters will miss the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam of the year.

Serena, currently recovering from giving birth to her first child, announced she won’t play at the Open on Twitter. In an interview with The Associated Press, she said that while she is confident she will be ready to play at the U.S. Open in September, it is not possible to play a full Grand Slam in a span of five months.

“It’s just a completely unrealistic goal to look at any time soon, to even put anything out there,” she said. “I think that I’m going to take the rest of the year. I’m going to work hard, continue to train, and eventually, I’ll get back out there.”

Following the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., Serena Williams withdrew from Wimbledon and withdrew from all upcoming tournaments. Despite her medical team’s advice, Serena returned to the court at the Rio Olympics, but she was injured in the second round and pulled out again.

“I can’t get back to where I was,” she said. “I’m behind.”

Following the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., Serena Williams withdrew from Wimbledon and withdrew from all upcoming tournaments. Despite her medical team’s advice, Serena returned to the court at the Rio Olympics, but she was injured in the second round and pulled out again. “I can’t get back to where I was,” she said. “I’m behind.”

Olympic gold medalist Venus, who has missed much of this season, is recovering from “medically induced labor” and will miss both the Open and Tokyo Grand Slam later this year.

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