World number one, Serena Williams, has withdrawn from the Swedish Open in Bastad, as she is still suffering from the virus that ended her participation at Wimbledon last week, as reported by ESPN.
The American won the tournament last year, but it is feared that she could be spending some time away from competitive action in the sport, after a viral illness caused her to pull out of her second round women’s doubles match at SW19 with her sister Venus.
Her retirement from that match followed a disastrous service game for the 32-year-old, when she served four consecutive double-faults, with some of her serves bouncing on her own side of the court, and the decision was then taken for the pair to concede the match.
Williams plans to get back into training next week, and she said that she is not yet feeling fit enough to play.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner said: “I decided not to play in Bastad, because I am still not feeling 100%.
"I want to be in perfect condition to go back on court, but unfortunately it's not the case. I really hope to be able to get back to training from next week."
The virus did not prevent the five-time Wimbledon champion from competing in the singles tournament, as she had already been knocked out in the first week, where she was surprisingly beaten by Alize Cornet of France in the third round.
She appeared to be suffering with problems with her vision and struggled for movement, though it is unlikely that she will lose her number one ranking if she is able to return to the WTA tour before the US Open.
Mixed results on Tour
The Michigan-born player has endured mix results this year, as despite winning three singles titles, she will be disappointed that she has not made it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.
She lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Serbian Ana Ivanovic, before being knocked out in the second round of the French Open by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza and her shock Wimbledon defeat.
End of July due back
The next tournament that she is scheduled to play in is the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford at the end of July, before taking part in the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati in August.
Williams will aim to fit in as much playing time as possible before playing in the US Open in New York, which begins on Monday August 25th.
Should Williams be fit for the tournament at Flushing Meadows, she will go into the event as the defending champion, after beating Belarusian Victoria Azarenka to win her home Grand Slam for the fifth time.
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