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Serena Williams withdrew from the US Open on Wednesday due to a torn hamstring. She hasn’t competed since injuring her right leg in the first set of her first-round match at Wimbledon in June.
Williams, who turns 40 next month, announced her decision to sit the US Open out via a social media post.
“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 wrote in Wednesday’s Instagram post.
Her note concluded with: “I’ll see you soon.”
Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, also posted on social media, saying, “We’ve done everything we could” and adding: “It is heartbreaking, but this is the only possible decision,” ESPN reports.
Williams was serving while leading 3-1 in her opening match at Wimbledon this summer when her left shoe appeared to slip as she was hitting a forehand. Her right leg then flexed in an awkward way.
OutKick previously reported that Williams returned and was in visible discomfort before she broke down in tears and was unable to move around the court. At 3-3, Williams collapsed to the grass and signaled that she would be unable to continue.