New York - US superstar Serena Williams has withdrawn from the elite WTA Finals
in Singapore, saying she's still working to recover from the shoulder
troubles that hindered her in 2016.
The WTA announced Williams'
withdrawal from the event that starts on October 23 on their Twitter
feed, posting a video of Williams explaining the decision.
It will be the second straight year that Williams is skipping the season finale in Singapore due to injury.
"Hey everyone in Singapore," Williams said. "I'm really, really bummed that I won't be able to come compete this year.
been a really tough year for me just dealing so much with these
shoulder injuries. My doctor insists that I stay home and heal it every
The 22-time Grand Slam champion earlier pulled out of
two tournaments in China after being knocked out of the semi-finals of
the US Open.
That defeat saw Williams' 186-week reign atop the
world rankings end as Germany's Angelique Kerber reached the summit and
captured the Flushing Meadows title into the bargain.
claimed just one Grand Slam title in 2016, at Wimbledon. After that,
shoulder troubles hampered her in Rio where her hopes of a fifth Olympic
gold medal were crushed in the third round.
WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement that organisers were "as disappointed as the fans".
"We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back competing, fit and healthy," he added.
withdrawal opens up the eighth qualification spot to Britain's Johanna
Konta, Spain's Carla Surez Navarro and Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Navarro or Kuznetsova must win the title in Moscow at the VTB Kremlin
Cup next week in order to edge out Konta for the eighth and final
The tournament in Singapore will see reigning champion Agnieszka Radwanska defending her title against current top seed Kerber.