The US Open field lost another legend.
Venus Williams withdrew from next week’s US Open with a leg injury hours after younger sister Serena Williams pulled out as she continues recovery from a hamstring injury. Venus’ exit means for the first time since 2003 neither Williams sister will be in the US Open field.
Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, and former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic have also pulled out.
2x champion Venus Williams will be missed at this year’s #USOpen
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 25, 2021
The 41-year-old Venus was set to make her record-extending 23rd US Open appearance. Instead, she joins sister Serena and fellow former US Open champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and reigning champion Dominic Thiem in withdrawing.
“It’s super, super, super disappointing,” Venus Williams said in a video which she posted on social media. “I’m having some issues with my leg all this summer, and just couldn’t work through it.
“I tried my best here in Chicago, but I just was unable to figure out the equation. And there’s been so many times where I’ve been able to figure it out, even not in the best of my health, but this time, I just couldn’t make any miracles work.”
Not the best news everyone. I am joining @serenawilliams @RafaelNadal and @rogerfederer on the injured list. It’s still going to be a great US Open & many thanks to the @usta for the wild card. I was so looking forward to it, but it was not meant to be this year. I will be back! pic.twitter.com/s0PRgdSSx2
— Venus Williams (@Venuseswilliams) August 25, 2021
Venus, who reached the US Open final in her 1997 Flushing Meadows debut, said she’ll be a fan watching the season’s final major unfold on television.
“In all seriousness, I am really disappointed,” Venus said. “It’s a tough time right now, but like all tough times, they don’t last forever. “Regardless, I’m wishing all players the best of luck this year.
“Be well, don’t get hurt like I did. Stay safe, and everybody enjoy the US Open, I know I’ll be watching from home.”
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