Serena Williams will not play the US Open 2021. The American tennis player herself made the announcement with a post from her official Instagram account. Williams has decided to rest to fully recover from the hamstring tear that is tormenting her.
Serena was forced to withdrawal for the same problem, even from the first round of Wimbledon, last June 29tg, after just seven games against the Belarusian Sasnovich. She will not be able to continue, at least for this year, the dream of the amazing American athlete of winning another slam, the one that would allow her to hook Margaret Smith Court at 24 at the top of this particular ranking.
The Queen, in her long career, in Flushing Meadows has already triumphed 6 times, with the last victory dating back to 2014, the year before the surprising elimination in the semifinals at the hands of Vinci, which prevented her from reaching the historic milestone of the Grand Slam.
But, still in everyone's eyes, it is the final of the 2018 edition, with Williams in her second Grand Slam final of the year, returning after pregnancy, and Naomi Osaka, surprise of the tournament, at her first time.
Also thanks to Serena's nervousness after a furious quarrel with the referee who had assigned her a warning for coaching, point penalty for breaking the racket and game penalty for verbal malpractice towards the chair judge, to get the better, in that occasion, it was the Japanese.
With the caption: A note update from me, Serena announced her decision with the following words enclosed in an image. She wrote: "After careful consideration and after following the advice of the doctors and the medical team, I decided that I would not I will participate in the US Open to allow my body to fully recover from a hamstring tears.
New York is one of the most beautiful cities and one of my favorite places to play. I will miss seeing the fans in the stands, but I will follow everyone from afar. Thank you for your unremitting support and love."
Are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer closer to the retirement?
Speaking on Eurosport, former Swedish tennis player Mats Wilander expressed his concerns about the future of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal.
Wilander said: "I think we are gradually getting used to the fact that Rafael Nadal can no longer play as he did before. He always tries, he gives his all on the pitch, but it is clear that he is not the player of the past.
He went to Washington for a couple of matches and then flew to Canada, but the strategy didn't work. Obviously he is doing his best, but things are not going well at this stage. He is getting old and his body has spent a great deal over all these years.
He has to train hard to try and get competitive again. I'm really sad and worried, the day is getting closer and closer. It is useless to deny that it will be increasingly difficult for Rafa to win the Grand Slams, but we all know his extraordinary feeling with Roland Garros.
Until he hangs up his racket, he will always be the favorite in Paris. I believe that Nadal still has two years of career, despite having no idea what his level will be." In a recent conversation on the Tennis Channel, Prakash Amritraj, who played on the ATP tour from 2003 to 2012, analyzed the situation of Roger Federer and Rafa.
Amritraj said: "I don't think the two scenarios can be put on the same level. Roger Federer is a few years older and his injury is certainly more serious than Rafael Nadal's. Roger has been dealing with this knee problem for many months, so much so that he will have to undergo another surgery.
It is a more delicate situation. For Rafa there is the problem with his foot. I saw him up close in Washington, it was evident that he was bothering him. Despite the pain, he gave it his all to the end, he was as impressive as ever.
I think his injury is much more manageable. If Rafa manages to get back in shape and is motivated, no one can bet against him. We have Rafa, Roger and Novak all three at 20 Grand Slams. For their age, even one success could be enough to dig the furrow."
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have thrown fans from all over the world into despair by closing their season early. The Swiss phenomenon will undergo a new operation on his right knee, hoping to be able to return to the field in 2022 at least for a catwalk.
The former world number 1 has played just 13 matches this year, with a record of 9 wins and 4 losses. His best result were the quarterfinals achieved at Wimbledon, before giving in clearly to Hurkacz with a lot of bagels in the third set.
Nadal, on the other hand, won two titles in 2021, but a foot injury limited him for much of the year. The 35-year-old Spaniard failed to make it past the semifinal at Roland Garros and had to forgo both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.