Australian Open: No Serena, No Venus

FOR the first time in over two decades, global and in particular, Australian female tennis fans will make do without the appearance of the mercurial William sisters-Venus and Serena.

Whereas the latter announced her withdrawal from the championship citing injuries that are not properly healed, her elder sister announced on Friday that she also, would not be competing in the competition that’s billed to tee off late January.

Expectedly, the duo’s fans all over the world seem deflated hearing the news.

Venus, 41, has not played in any tourney since August due largely to a leg injury. Following from that, she has seen her WTA raking drop to No.318 in the world. By extension, her positioning outside the top 100 world ranked players also mean she would have needed a wildcard to appear in this year’s Melbourne party.

Venus, a seven grand slam winner, with at least, four Australian Open Doubles and a Mixed Double under her belt, is yet to win the Australian Open singles title even though she’s competing in 13 of 14 Opens, making seven quarter finals and two finals as runner up in 2003 and 2017.

Serena, 40, on the other hand, announced her non participation late November citing her inability to fully recover from a right leg hamstring injury she cupped at the Wimbledon in July 2021. She hasn’t appeared in any competition since then pushing her world ranking down to 41.

Impressively however, she won her last Australian Open, one of her 23 grand slam singles titles, in 2017 when she slammed her equally illustrious sister, Venus, in the final.

While this is never an easy decision to make, I am not where I need to be physically to compete.

Melbourne is one of my favourite cities to visit and I look forward to playing at the AO every year.

I will miss seeing the fans, but am excited to return and compete at my highest level,” Williams said in the Australian Open website.

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