Serena Williams No.1 throne hangs in balance- Serena Jameka Williams, American professional tennis player, has withdrawn from the Western and Southern Open tournament. She has pulled out of it for this week’s tournament in Cincinnati, the US.
She has been ranked World No. 1 six times, the last time being in 2013, by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). Unfortunately, she had to withdraw due to her shoulder inflammation. The two-time defending champion withdrew due to a shoulder injury on Monday.
“I am very disappointed I am not able to compete in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, as I was really looking forward to defending my title. My shoulder inflammation continues to be a challenge, but I am anxious to return to the court as soon as possible.” Williams said. She also had to pull out of the Rogers Cup in the Montreal due to her shoulder ailment.
She accepted a wild card in the tournament after playing in the Olympics although she could enter the Western & Southern Open before the deadline. Serena Williams’, the World’s No. 1,withdrawal has created implications in the tournament. This has given a chance to second-ranked Angelique Kerber to jump to the first rank, i.e., overtake Serena’s position for the first time.
Kerber said,” There is a long way to go, I’m not thinking about that. Somebody told me about that, but I’m trying not to listen. Everyone dreams about being No. 1. It would be amazing. I would give everything to reach that goal.”
The news of Williams’ withdrawal reached her fans quickly and spread disappointment among them. The fans wanted to see her play but had to see disappointment. Williams has been No. 1 for 183 consecutive weeks. She is the second player to maintain her position for such a long time in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). All her fans are praying that her injury get healed soon and they can see her play again!