Venus Williams will miss the upcoming U.S. Open due to an injury, becoming the third U.S. female, after her sister Serena and Sofia Kenin, to announce on Wednesday.
Two-time U.S. 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 U.S. 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 has 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.