Serena Williams pulls out of Cincinnati Masters with back injury

Article Image

19-year-old Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu comforted legendary athlete Serena Williams when she had to forfeit due to an injury during the Roger Cup tennis finals.

Posted: Aug 14, 2019 3:40 PM
Updated: Aug 14, 2019 3:40 PM

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters with a back injury.

The 23-time grand slam champion and two-time winner of the Cincinatti tournament failed to complete her match against Canadian Bianca Andreescu in Saturday's Rogers Cup final, citing the same injury.

"I am so sad to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open as it truly is one of the tournaments I most love to play," said the 37-year-old Williams.

"I came to Mason on Sunday and have tried everything to be ready to play tonight, and was still hopeful after my practice this morning. But unfortunately my back is still not right and I know I should not take to the court."

The world No. 8 continued: "I really want to thank the tournament director Andre Silva and the WTA for giving me every chance to play and I also want to thank all the amazing fans here in the Cincinnati area for their support -- it means so much. I promise I'll do my best to back here next year."

READ: Cori 'Coco' Gauff, 15, handed wild card to play at US Open

In July, Serena was defeated in straight sets by Simona Halep in the final at Wimbledon while in January she was knocked out at the quarterfinals in the Australian Open.

This latest injury setback comes just two weeks before the US Open starts on August 26 in New York.

She will be hoping for a full recovery in time for the start of the tournament she has won six times, the last triumph coming in 2014.

If Williams wins the US Open she will tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors.

Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features, and videos

In last year's US Open final, Williams lost to Naomi Osaka, a match that was overshadowed by the US star's controversial spat with umpire Carlos Ramos.

Article Comments

Tupelo
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 87°
Columbus
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 86°
Oxford
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 79°
Starkville
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 79°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather

Latest Video

Image

Chickasaw County residents complain about road

Image

Hot Weather Continues

Image

Matt - Still staying hot down the line

Image

Skilled to Work: Information Systems Technology

Image

Matt - Record high temperatures will certainly be possible

Image

TPSD announces Teachers of Distinction

Image

Joel - The above average heat continues into the new work week

Image

Thaxton festival goers brave the heat

Image

High school football scores from week 4

Image

Zachary's reopens after April fire