Serena Williams pulls out of Rogers Cup due to shoulder injury: World number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal because of an injury. The world No. 1, a three-time winner of the event, announced the news Sunday — 24 hours before the tournament’s opening day. Williams was to receive a first round bye in the tournament that starts on 25 July.
The two-time champion has not played since winning her seventh Wimbledon title and has pulled out with inflammation in her shoulder. Although, sources say that Williams will defend her singles and doubles titles when the Olympic tennis event begins in Rio on 6 August.
Williams recently won her seventh career Wimbledon crown to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles.
It is more bad news for the organizers in Toronto, as Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have already pulled out last week. While the tournament still boasts eight of the Top 10 women in the WTA Tour rankings, Williams is not only the No. 1 player on the tour, but also the biggest draw in women’s tennis.
Tournament director Eugene Lapierre said the decision was understandable with the Olympic Games in Rio just two weeks away.
“Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not play in the tournament this year. Because this is an Olympic year, the players have very full schedules. Sometimes your body needs rest. We hope that Serena will recover quickly and wish her much success for the rest of the season.” Toronto tournament director Eugenie Lapierre said later in a statement to the press.
Although her withdrawal led experts to wonder whether she will be fit in time for the Olympic games which start in two weeks’ time.
“Due to inflammation in my shoulder, I unfortunately must withdraw from the Rogers Cup,” Williams said in a statement. “I was looking forward to competing in Montreal and I look forward to returning soon.”