Shoulder Injury Forces Serena Williams to Withdraw from Western and Southern Open


Serena Williams, the #1 ranked women’s tennis player in the world announced Monday that she will be withdrawing from the Western & Southern open in Cincinnati due to a shoulder injury. “I’m very disappointed I’m not able to compete in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, as I was really looking forward to defending my title,” Williams said. “My shoulder inflammation continues to be a challenge, but I am anxious to return to the court as soon as possible.”

This same shoulder injury also forces Williams to withdraw last month from the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Despite this nagging injury, and being upset in the third round of the Olympics, Williams has been ranked No. 1 for 183 consecutive weeks, which is the second-longest streak in WTA history.

For a tennis player at any level, the stability and flexibility in the shoulder joint is essential for generating power and accuracy. If the shoulder joint is injured or compromised in any way, it can be detrimental to a player’s ability to perform at a high level.

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