Serena Williams Withdraws From Bastad A Day After Winning Her 1st RD Match
by Tom Gainey | July 16th, 2015, 9:41 am

With a busy schedule ahead of her Calendar Slam attempt at the US Open, Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Bastad clay event.

The Wimbledon champion won her opening round match Wednesday, but doctors advised her to rest her ailing right elbow.

“I was having some pain in my elbow,” the World No.1 told reporters at a press conference.

“I felt it a little bit in my match yesterday, and then it got better, but then this morning I really couldn’t hit serves, and if I’m not able to hit serves that could definitely be a problem. So I talked to my coach about it and we were like, ‘Let’s see what the doctor says, and see what everyone else says, and go from there.’ The main thing is that we don’t want it to get worse, we want it to heal.

“Unfortunately I haven’t had time to heal. I’ve been going, going, going, playing tournaments I love, and coming here has been such a great joy, but unfortunately it’s not going to heal if I keep playing.”

Serena, who likely received a huge guarantee just to show up in Sweden, is still scheduled for World TeamTennis, Stanford, Toronto and Cincinnati this summer on the hardcourts before The US Open in New York on August 31.

“I’m in no hurry to leave Bastad. I love this city. Hopefully I’m welcome to stay a few more days!”

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4 Comments for Serena Williams Withdraws From Bastad A Day After Winning Her 1st RD Match

Gypsy Gal Says:

Smart move,i couldnt understand personally why she wanted to play this tourney anyway?,i think she needs a rest to prepare for an assault on the USO,bigger fish to fry….

MIa0007 Says:

IIf only in all other major sports teams could decide what they will and won’t play in. standardsIf a team forfeits games, how in the world would they be allowed to play in the Superbowl??
Tennis needs to really set some standards if they expect fans to buy into their propaganda etc.
I’m sure she” be ready for the US OPen.

Gregoire Gentil Says:

Let’s have a kind thought for the tournament organizers who put all their savings in the multiple-zero dollar amount appearance for one match! Better than last year when she withdrew before the start of the tournament. Or worse if they wanted a refund!

MMT Says:

I can’t understand why she entered this tournament in the first place. That must have one hell of a guarantee to even get her to show up!

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