Serena and Venus Williams withdraw from Western & Southern Open

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Serena and Venus Williams are the latest stars to withdraw from the 2021 Western & Southern Open, which kicks off on Saturday August 14, at Ohio’s Lindner Family Tennis Center.


The Williams sisters join Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as high-profile stars who’ve all withdrawn. 


Serena Williams, a two-time W&S Open champion, said the leg injury she suffered last month at Wimbledon is still bothering her. 

“Unfortunately, I will not be playing in the Western & Southern Open next week as I am still in recovery from my leg injury at Wimbledon. I will miss all of my fans in Cincinnati whom I look forward to seeing every summer. I plan to be back on the court very soon,” Serena said in a W&S Open press release. 


Venus, whose reason for withdrawing was undisclosed, spoke to The Cincinnati Enquirer recently about how excited she was to return to Cincinnati for the eighth time. 

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Sofia Kenin, a 2019 semifinalist in Cincinnati, also withdrew from the field Tuesday with a foot injury. 

“Unfortunately I had to make the difficult decision to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open next week,” Kenin said in a statement.

“I am rehabbing well in hopes to play the US Open later this month. I feel another week of recovery is necessary. I want to thank the USTA for all their efforts in holding the event during such challenging times. Best of luck to all the players.”

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