Sports

Shoulder injury keeps Serena Williams out of Rogers Cup

Shoulder injury keeps Serena Williams out of Rogers Cup

Shoulder injury keeps Serena Williams out of Rogers Cup 2016 images

World No. 1 Serena Williams has reportedly pulled out of the 2016 Rogers Cup (Yahoo! Sports). The American, who won the event in 2001, 2011, and 2013, announced her decision on Sunday, the day before the start of the main draw.

“Due to inflammation in my shoulder,” Williams said, “I, unfortunately, must withdraw from the Rogers Cup. I was looking forward to competing in Montreal, and I look forward to returning soon.”

The withdrawal is surprising given that it was less than two weeks ago that Serena had taken to YouTube to express her excitement at playing in Montreal. However, Williams has pulled out of or missed a lot of tournaments in her career so perhaps the news should not be considered all that surprising.

Regardless, Tennis Canada is certainly disappointed with the development as they no longer have the World No. 1 in the women’s draw. According to tournament director Eugene Lapierre “Because this is an Olympic year, the players have very full schedules. Sometimes your body needs rest. We hope that Serena will recover quickly and wish her much success for the rest of the season.”

Serena did not mention the Olympics as a factor in her decision. However that Rio may be contributing to the rash of withdrawals in both the men’s and women’s draws is worth considering.

The two events combined, 22 players have withdrawn including Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Belinda Bencic, Caroline Wozniacki, and Coco Vandeweghe. Many of the players that have withdrawn do have injuries that have been noted for weeks and/or months. However, you have to wonder if some of the players that have withdrawn would have played in Toronto or Montreal if not for the looming Rio Olympics just down the road.

Williams withdrawing from the event lightens the draw to the title for all remaining players. However, the players near her in the Montreal draw are the main beneficiaries of the news. Carlos Suarez Navarro, for instance, has to like her chances of making the tournament semifinals now, a player that could have faced Williams in the quarters. Also, Agnieszka Radwanska shared a semi with Williams, but the World No. 4 now must have aspirations of making the final and winning the event outright.

Garbine Muguruza was moved within the draw due to Williams’ withdrawal. She is now at the top, sharing the path to the final with both Suarez Navarro and Radwanska. Furthermore, Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 9th seed, was moved into position to receive a first-round bye.

Following Williams’ withdrawal, the tournament favorite is now Muguruza. However, the Spaniard is not a heavy favorite at 4/1 (source: bet365). The main draw for the WTA event starts on July 25th with the tournament final running on the 31st.

Click to add a comment
Sports
@GrandSlambert77

Shane is a sports writer with a big interest in tennis, but he's also a noted writer about travel and fiction. Plus he can handle long walks in the cold Canadian tundra!

More in Sports

draymond green anger grows with nba over unnatural acts 2016 images

Draymond Green anger grows with NBA over ‘unnatural acts’

Chris MauriceDecember 6, 2016
Roger Federer out of IPTL as Serena Williams withdraws 2016 images

Roger Federer out of IPTL as Serena Williams withdraws

Shane LambertDecember 6, 2016
colin kaepernick continues setting bar lower for himself 2016 images

Colin Kaepernick continues setting bar lower for himself

Chris MauriceDecember 5, 2016
will latest surgery end rob gronkowskis nfl future 2016

Will latest surgery end Rob Gronkowski’s NFL future?

Chris MauriceDecember 5, 2016
kei nishikori absence should hurt japan warriors in iptl 2016 images

Kei Nishikori Absence Should Hurt Japan Warriors in IPTL

Shane LambertDecember 5, 2016
dwyane wade gets over on lebron james twice in one night 2016 images

Dwyane Wade gets over on LeBron James twice in one night

Chris MauriceDecember 4, 2016
Tampa Bay Lightning sinking fast without Steven Stamkos 2016 images

Tampa Bay Lightning sinking fast without Steven Stamkos

Shane LambertDecember 4, 2016
milos raonic moving on from coach carlos moya 2016 images

Milos Raonic moving on from coach Carlos Moya

Shane LambertDecember 2, 2016
gerald mccoy feeling handcuffed by nfl and roger goodell 2016 images

Gerald McCoy feeling handcuffed by NFL and Roger Goodell

Chris MauriceDecember 2, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription