“I’m so unhappy to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open because it actually is among the tournaments I most like to play,” mentioned the 37-year-old Williams.
“I got here to Mason on Sunday and have tried every part to be able to play tonight, and was nonetheless hopeful after my follow this morning. However sadly my again remains to be not proper and I do know I shouldn’t take to the court docket.”
The world No. eight continued: “I actually need to thank the match director Andre Silva and the WTA for giving me each probability to play and I additionally need to thank all of the wonderful followers right here within the Cincinnati space for his or her help — it means a lot. I promise I am going to do my greatest to again right here subsequent yr.”
This newest damage setback comes simply two weeks earlier than the US Open begins on August 26 in New York.
She will probably be hoping for a full restoration in time for the beginning of the match she has received six occasions, the final triumph coming in 2014.
If Williams wins the US Open she is going to tie Margaret Court docket’s all-time document of 24 majors.