Serena, Venus, others miss US Open

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BY AGENCY REPORTER  

Venus Williams will miss the upcoming US Open due to an injury, becoming the third US female, after her sister, Serena, and Sofia Kenin, to be announced on Wednesday.

Two-time US Open champion and former world number one, Venus, made the announcement in a video posted on social media.

“Not the best news from Serena and I today.

“I, too, am unable to play the US Open. It’s super, super, super disappointing, having some issues with my leg all this summer and just couldn’t work through it,” she said.

The 41-year-old Venus, who has seven Grand Slam titles to her name, said she would miss competing at her ‘favourite slam’ and wished all the other players goodluck.

Earlier in the day, younger sister, Serena, withdrew with a torn hamstring, making it the first time since 2003 that neither of them appeared at the tournament in Flushing Meadows.

The siblings add their names to a long list of players who will miss the tournament due to injury; including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Simona Halep.

Fifth seed and 2020 Australian Open champion, Kenin, withdrew from the competition with a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.

“I am writing with disappointing news. Recently, I tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, I am vaccinated and thus my symptoms have been mild.

“However, I have continued to test positive and thus will not be able to compete at the US Open next week.

“I plan to spend the next several weeks getting healthy and preparing to play well this fall. I want to wish all the players the best of luck in New York,” Kenin wrote on Twitter.

The 22-year-old Kenin, is one of an impressive crop of young Americans in the game, along with Jennifer Brady, Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula and Danielle Collins.

The US Open main draw matches begins on Monday. (Reuters/NAN).