Wuhan - World number one Serena Williams announced on Thursday her withdrawal
from next week's China Open in Beijing and the WTA Finals in Singapore,
ending her season.
"I am taking a proactive step and withdrawing
from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health
and take the time to heal," the 21-time Grand Slam winner said in a
The China Open first tweeted the announcement, but the
Women's Tennis Association has not confirmed Williams' withdrawal from
Singapore's year finale.
The American's announcement comes a day
after world number three Maria Sharapova also pulled out of the China
Open with a left forearm injury.
Williams, 34, has not played
since she lost in the semi finals of the US Open to Italy's Roberta
Vinci, one of the most shocking upsets in recent tennis history.
no secret I've played injured most of the year - whether it was my
elbow, my knee, or, in the finals moments after a certain match in
Flushing, my heart," Williams said, referring to her US Open defeat.
coach Patrick Mouratoglou told ESPN earlier this week that she was
intensely disappointed after missing out on a fifth consecutive Grand
Slam crown and hinted that she may withdraw from the remaining
tournaments of the season.
Even missing out of the two final tournaments of the year, Williams will still end the year as world number one.
really sorry for Serena. But Serena is Serena. (She is) still a great
player also if she doesn't play," Vinci said in response to Williams'
Vinci, 32, started the year ranked 44 and has risen to 18 since making her first Grand Slam final at the US Open.
The Italian secured her place in the semi finals of the Wuhan Open on Thursday where she could face Williams' older sister Venus.