It is reported that Serena Williams today announced that she has withdrawn from her last two tournament commitments for this year: the WTA Finals in Singapore and the China Open, the latter first revealing it on Twitter. The WTA has not confirmed that Serena has withdrawn.
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The 34-year-old Serena has not played since 9/11 when she suffered the huge upset defeat in the semifinals of the US Open to Roberta Vinci who was ranked No.43 at the time.
The World No.1 was intensely disappointed that her first opportunity in her career to win the calendar Grand Slam ended how, when and where it did and I am sure still is emotionally drained from the whole process.
Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou hinted on ESPN earlier this week that she may withdraw from the remaining tournaments of the season.
The 1.75m Serena said in her statement, “I love this game more than ever, ” which means we can look forward to seeing the 21-time Grand Slam champion in Singapore next year. In addition, to see the 5-time WTA Finals champion in Singapore this year for the 2015 WTA Champion presentation ceremony where the year-end No.1 is awarded the WTA No.1 trophy.
Serena becomes the fourth player since computer rankings began in 1975 to finish as the year-end No.1 five times (also in 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2014). Steffi Graf holds the record of most year-end No.1 achievements with eight, Martina Navratilova seven and Chris Evert five.
In Serena’s statement she explained that, “I am a fierce competitor and I want to compete as well as I can, for as long as I can. So I am taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal.”
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