For the second straight year, Serena Williams will miss the WTA Asian swing after withdrawing from next week’s Wuhan event and the Beijing tournament in October due to a right shoulder injury.
“I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open or the China Open due to continuing issues with my right shoulder,” Serena said in a statement. “I have been practicing and playing but my shoulder is still not fit for tournament play.”
“I wish the tournaments great success and I’m sure the fans will enjoy some great tennis. I am focused on getting ready to compete at the WTA Finals in Singapore.”
Serena, who turns 35 on Monday, hasn’t played a “WTA” event since Rome. Last year after losing in the US Open semifinals to Roberta Vinci she didn’t play again until the Australian Open.
Serena’s withdrawal makes current No. 1 Angelique Kerber to clear favorite to finish the year on top. And the German could have it wrapped up by Singapore which could reduce any incentive Serena had for playing the year-end event.
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