“New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play,” she added. “I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon.”
Serena, who will turn 40 next month, is one title away from claiming the all-time Grand Slam singles record of 24 championships, which is currently held by Margaret Court.
Venus then announced that she will also not be playing due to a leg injury in a video posted to Instagram, later on Wednesday.
“It’s super, super, super disappointing,” Venus said. “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 [at the WTA 250 Chicago Women’s Open], 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.”
The U.S. Open is scheduled to commence next Monday in Flushing Meadows.
source: hypebeast.com by Dylan Kelly