Serena Williams will not play the 2021 US Open. The American announced the unwelcome news on Instagram, citing a torn hamstring as the reason for her withdrawal.
After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring. New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play — I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar.
The record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title is further and further from Williams. Her last triumph at a major was at the 2017 Australian Open. Since then, she’s played four major finals, but lost all in straight sets.