Serena Williams pulls out of Rogers Cup for ‘personal reasons’

first_imgSerena Williams has pulled out of Rogers Cup in Montreal citing “personal reasons” after putting up the worst performance of her career at Silicon Valley Classic in California on Tuesday.Tennis Canada said on Saturday that Serena had withdrawn from the tournament for personal reasons but did not elaborate. Serena’s withdrawal delayed her start of North American hardcourt season ahead of US Open.”Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not be joining us. Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action, tournament director Eugene Lapierre said in a statement. But beyond the disappointment, the tournament, as a whole, remains a high-level competition.”The entire top 10 is here, along with 22 of the top 25. There are exciting matches in store from the outset.Rogers Cup begins on Monday, where world No.1 Simona Halep is the top seed and world number two Caroline Wozniacki will return after she had pulled out of the Citi Open earlier this week with a leg injury.Serena’s place in the draw will be taken by Germany’s Tatjana Maria.In the men’s division also, Rogers Cup saw two big withdrawal when Roger Federer and Andy Muray pulled out of the tournament.While Federer announced his withdrawal late in July in order to lighten his schedule, Murray recently decided to skip the tournament citing fatigue after the Citi Open exploits.Earlier in the week, Serena suffered the worst loss of her storied career on Tuesday, falling 6-1, 6-0 to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic.advertisementAfter a routine hold to start the match, Williams lost the next 12 games in a one-sided affair that lasted less than an hour, stunning the partisan crowd of 3,000 at San Jose State University.”I think she played well in the second set and I think I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set and she got confident and she clearly ran away with it,” Serena had said after the loss.The 36-year-old Serena Williams is making a slow return to competitive tennis following the birth of her first child Alexis Olympia.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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