Will Serena Williams Be Punished For Skipping The WTA Finals?
by Tom Gainey | October 1st, 2015, 9:36 am

Serena Williams has announced her 2015 season is over. And that means she won’t play one of the biggest WTA events on the year, the WTA Finals in Singapore scheduled for the end of this month.

Last month, in response to Andy Murray’s thought to bypass the ATP Finals in London to focus on the Davis Cup, the ATP said that all players who qualify for the Finals must play.

Serena has qualified for the WTA Finals and she’s not withdrawing with any specific injury. So what will the WTA do to their biggest star?

And with CEO Stacy Allaster stepping down, how will this Serena issue be handled?

According to one account on twitter, Serena could face a fine of over $1 million (not a lot for Serena).

WTA President Micky Lawler said: “Serena’s health has to be her number one priority. The risk of injury is a reality in the world of elite athletic performance. We will miss seeing Serena on court in Singapore and wish her a speedy recovery. We have a superb line-up of top players already qualified, and still in contention for qualification, at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, so fans can expect more outstanding, world class competition on the court again this year.”

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27 Comments for Will Serena Williams Be Punished For Skipping The WTA Finals?

RZ Says:

WTA won’t enforce this and if she’s been injured all season long, she’ll list an injury withdrawal.

Bigger question: Who will qualify for Singapore? The race is quite tight between Kerber, Suarez Navarro, Radwanska, Pliskova, Muguruza, and Bencic. (Some of the other ladies haven’t qualified yet but have a bit more of a cushion)

Ben Pronin Says:

Citing injury is fine but she already said she plans on playing exos before the year ends. That bothers me. Why say that? Why would you openly admit that you’re going to skip mandatory events due to injury so that you can heal up and play exhibitions? It’s really just unprofessional.

FedExpress Says:

she cant deal with the vinci loss. Simple.

SG1 Says:

Ben…don’t you find Serena, for lack of a better word, unlikeable. It’s probably not fair to judge her as I’ve not walked in her shoes but I find her to be one of the most difficult elite athletes out there. This is a person who, with her own work ethic and exceptional talent, has forged one of the great careers in all of sport. What’s there to be so glum about? Over the past 3 years, Roger Federer has taken several heart breaking losses yet he seems to be able to let it roll off and continue enjoying the process.

I guess that’s it. She only seems happy when she’s holding a trophy. Other than that, there’s this look (…and attitude) of tortured misery that she consistently exhibits. It’s just unlikeable.

SG1 Says:

Not sure why she wants to continue playing. There really isn’t anything left for her to prove at 34.

SG1 Says:

And I do think that has handled dealt with the Vinci loss itself. It’s the disappointment of not winning the Calendar Slam that she hasn’t yet shaken off. Up until this point, Serena probably hadn’t set a goal for herself that she failed to achieve. Now, suddenly, there’s some genuine disappointment over an opportunity that will probably never come around again. It’s gonna’ sting for a while. But, the best way to deal with it is to get out on the court and play tennis. Maybe even try to enjoy it for a change. There aren’t many years left for her. If you can’t find the joy, then when?

Gypsy Gal Says:

SG1 Mats Wilander said some months ago that Roger doesnt hate losing anymore as much as he loves winning,i think its probably the exact opposite in that Serena loves winning but hates to lose….

Ben Pronin Says:

I’m not a big Serena fan. I used to not be a fan for stupid reasons. But I do respect what she’s accomplished. But her personality has often rubbed me the wrong way. If Federer is arrogant then Serena is super arrogant. I don’t care if she’s disappointed in not winning the calendar slam. She’s an incredible champion and those are the kinds of aspirations incredible champions have. Nothing wrong there. But she rarely if ever praises an opponent and if she does, it comes off very insincere. I really don’t understand why she quoted Ashe. When he was talking about tumultuous journeys I really don’t think he was referring to coming up just short of an incredible athletic accomplishment. A little perspective from her would be nice.

Ben Pronin Says:

Wilander says crazy things.

I think most of the great champions in sports hated losing more than they loved winning. Agassi admitted this. And I agree that it’s true for Serena. Roger is certainly an interesting case because it would SEEM like he’s the reverse, but I don’t think so. It’s a huge drive for these kinds of players, the hate of losing. I think Federer is just really freaking amazing at moving on from losses, especially the heart breakers. But that doesn’t convince me he loves winning more than he hates losing. It seems like a prerequisite to accomplish that much.

Gypsy Gal Says:

I think the difference is Roger thinks f*ck it tomorrows another day,where as Serena has a tendency to get over emotional and spit her dummy out….

Wog Boy Says:

No she will not be punished, she is Serena. She wasn’t punished for skipping the drug test, not even asked to come next day to do it, not even the slap on the wrist, why would they punish her for skipping one (obligatory) tournament.

Tennisfan Says:

^^ I never knew she skipped a drug test. And they really didn’t chase her up on it? Thats crazy if it’s true, how is WTA able to give one player that much special treatment without repercussions. Do you have a link for it?

Wog Boy Says:

There is plenty of links, check under the “Panic room” it happened in october in 2011 after she lost USO and strangely enough didn’t play any tournament until the end of the year, same as now.

mm Says:

Just retire, Serena. You have nothing to prove. You don’t seem to be happy playing tennis, so just hang it up and enjoy your other hobbies.

SG1 Says:

I guess Wilander eventually evolved to love winning more than he hated losing. Perhaps a reason why he sort of fell of the map after ’88.

I agree that Serena’s accomplishments are beyond phenomenal. One of the all time greats (top 2 or 3, perhaps even No.1). I just find her “Drama Queen” antics annoying.

skeezer Says:

Thanks for your honesty on Serena. I agree not the best personality, but her achievements should be respected.

J-Kath Says:

End of Year Finals

Serena has mentioned a number of injuries sustained over the season as her reason for withdrawing – but may play expos.

Andy Murray planned to withdraw to ensure he was fit enuf to give GB its best chance to win DC v Belgium –

The core of this is self-preservation.

If Serena is not fined and Andy is fined (+ other penalties) – will justice have been served?

Alexandra Says:

I doubt the WTA does anything to Serena. WTA isn’t ATP. Even if she would have to pay a fine, I doubt she would care. She has enough money.And surely they will be no other fine than money.

izakwalz Says:

I’m not quite sure why some people seem to be getting all kinds of levels of butt hurt over a transgender tennis athlete withdrawing from a few season ending tournaments. In fact, isn’t it
ironic how they’re getting upset about Serena Williams the only natural born male (female impersonator/transvestite/transgender) bailing on these tournaments
) but yet not about a man being allowed to play on the women’s tour? Then again,I’m almost certain that certain WTA officials,tennis analysts, and all 4 GS tournament directors are not only just aware of Serena’s true male gender but also actively participate in this huge scandal because of the massive amounts of revenue it has and still continues to generate for everyone involved.

Gypsy Gal Says:

^iIm asking nicely Sean and the tennis-x staff to please remove the above post^….

Ben Pronin Says:

Jeez that might be the most ignorant post I’ve ever read on the internet and I read a lot of nonsense.

Gypsy Gal Says:

Yeah it sounds alot like tennis-x one and only Mr Taxi Driver Travis Bickle of imfamous Blue Moonball….

Okiegal Says:

Amen, GG that comment needs to go…
How did it get past being moderated??

Wog Boy Says:


Sorry but I don’t remeber Travis Bickle writing that kind of post, ever, but on the other hand your countryman and fellow Andy fan wrote nasty and insulting (even racist) post on the other thread and I haven’t seen you calling for moderation, why so selective?

Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy err yes i did as a matter of fact,and i was crucified for it OK i didnt do it this time and sorry for that,but TB isulted myself and Okie personally,also he made crude remarks about Rafas sexuality and gender,also ladies of the evening,and alot of posters actually thought what he was saying was quite funny,as you well know ive defended Novak,Andy and Roger plenty of times on this very forum,and have been accused of been some apologetic Rafa fan because i did,as for personal insults i dont care for them no matter where they come from or which fan base,come on ive been here long enough now,i thought you knew me better than that,guess i was wrong?….

MSScorpion80 Says:

I want everyone to stop coming down on my girl just because she doesn’t want to play WTA Finals this. And don’t you even think about quitting not now. Some of you don’t like Serena but love her to death and will always support whatever she does.

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