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The American Serena Williams
Less than 48 hours before the beginning of the tennis tournament Rogers Cup, American Serena Williams has announced her withdrawal from the competition on Saturday.
In a press release, Tennis Canada explains that the former world number one withdrew for personal reasons.
The press release does not include any statement on the part of Williams, who was expected to arrive in Montreal on Saturday morning, said Valerie Tetreault, manager, communications at Tennis Canada.
Williams had received a pass from the organizers and had to face the French Alizé Cornet in the first round. Germany’s Tatjana Maria will take his place in the main board rather than to participate in the qualifications.
If Williams had won the first match, the tennis fans in Quebec would have been entitled, as of the second tower, to a rendezvous worthy of a final between Williams and German Angelique Kerber, the fourth head of series. The two players have crossed the iron in the final of the International Wimbledon three weeks ago. Kerber was swept 6-3, 6-3.
Williams is the fifth player to forfeit since the beginning of the week, after the Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, American Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe, as well as the Canadian Bianca Andreescu.
“Obviously, we are disappointed that Serena will not be able to join us. The lovers had been looking forward to see it in action, declared Eugène Lapierre, director, Rogers Cup, by way of a press release.
“However, once the disappointment passed, we need to look at the whole tournament continues to be extremely relieved with the presence of all the members of the world Top 10 and 22 of the top 25 snowshoes. The quality of the show will definitely be at the appointment at the beginning of the tournament “, he obliged to add.
Williams was ranked the number one world ranking after defeating her older sister Venus in the final of the Australian open in 2017. Shortly after this triumph, she announced that she was pregnant and did not play the rest of the tennis season.
Since his return to the game in march, Williams has climbed the ladder and comes to the 26th level of the classification of the WTA tour.
Earlier this week, Williams, who has 23 titles of Grand Slam career, has suffered the worst defeat of his career. In the Face of the British Johanna Konta, Williams lost 6-1, 6-0 at the tournament in San Jose.