The 41-year-old said in a video on social media, "Not the best news from Serena and I today. I, too, am unable to play the U.S. Open. It's super super super disappointing. Having some issues with my leg all this summer and just couldn't work through it.”
She explained, "I tried my best here in Chicago, but I just was unable to figure out the equation," Williams is referencing the WTA 250 Chicago Women's Open. "And there's been so many times where I've been able to figure it out, even not in the best of my health, but this time, I just couldn't make any miracles work."
Williams also added, "I'm going to miss the Open. It's my favorite Slam. I've had so many amazing memories there, and I can't wait to get back out on the court, whenever that is. I'll work with my team to make it as soon as I can."
She closed with, “I am really disappointed. It's a tough time right now, but like all tough times, they don't last forever. Regardless, I'm wishing all players the best of luck this year. Be well -- don't get hurt like I did. Stay safe, and everybody enjoy the US Open, I know I'll be watching from home."
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Yesterday (Aug. 25), citing an injury, Williams’ sister, Serena Williams, withdrew from the U.S. Open.
In June, the 39-year-old Grand Slam singles record holder tore her hamstring during the first set of her first-round match against Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Wimbledon. She slipped along the baseline and turned her ankle, causing an injury. Williams tried to continue playing but was in too much pain. She has not played since.
"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,” Williams said in an Aug. 25 statement on Instagram. "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 from afar."
For the first time since 2003, neither Venus or Serena will play in the US Open.