Injured Venus Williams joins sister Serena in withdrawing from US Open

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Venus Williams, who received a wildcard for the US Open, has withdrawn from the last Grand Slam tournament of the year due to an injury, along with sister Serena and top male stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

In one Video posted on social media On Wednesday, Venus Williams said she had some problems with her leg all summer “and just couldn’t handle it”. She called it “super disappointing” not being able to play the Open.

This is the first time since 2003 that none of the Williams sisters will compete at Flushing Meadows. This will also be the first major tournament since the 1997 Australian Open without Serena, Venus, Federer and Nadal in singles. Venus made her Grand Slam debut at the 1997 French Open; Serena arrived the next year; Federer appeared in 1999; Nadal came in 2003.

“I’ll miss the Open – it’s my favorite slam,” said Venus Williams. “I have so many great memories there and can’t wait to get back on the pitch anytime – I’ll work with my team and get there as quickly as possible. No date at the moment. “

The 41-year-old Williams has won seven major titles, including wins at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001. But with her current WTA ranking of No. 112, she was outside of the top 104, which included right in the women’s peloton were, fallen. She received a wild card for the tournament last week.

Williams hasn’t missed the US Open since 2006 when it was canceled with a left wrist injury. In 2017 she reached her last major semi-final at the tournament.

The draw for the US Open is Thursday. The game starts on Monday and ends on September 12th.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.