Serena Williams to Miss U.S. Open

serena-williamsSerena Williams will not be participating in a Major tournament for the first time since the 2006 Wimbledon after the world’s top-ranked female tennis player withdrew from the upcoming U.S. Open.

Williams cited an injury on her right foot as reason for her decision to pullout of the tournament, which will kick off on August 30 at Flushing Meadows. In a statement, Williams said her doctors advised her against playing because her foot, which was cut by a broken glass in a restaurant incident shortly after she won at Wimbledon last month, has yet to completely heal. She played with the injured foot in a July 8 exhibition against defending U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters before undergoing surgery on July 15.

“It is with much frustration and deep sadness that I am having to pull out of the U.S. Open,” Williams said in a statement. Williams’ return to Flushing Meadows had been eagerly awaited after her infamous tirade against a lineswoman during her semifinal loss to Clijsters last year. Williams was eventually fined $82,500 for the incident.