Serena Williams has put an end to her 2015 season by withdrawing from the China Open and the WTA Finals in order to properly heal after playing through injuries all year.
Williams has not played a competitive match since her shocking defeat at the U.S. Open semi-finals to Roberta Vinci. She was scheduled to end her season at the China Open and the WTA Finals but she has now withdrawn form both.
— WTA (@WTA) October 1, 2015
— China Open (@ChinaOpen) October 1, 2015
The 21-time Grand Slam winner said she has made the decision in order to recover from numerous injuries that she has been struggling with all season:
“It’s no secret I’ve played injured most of the year — whether it was my elbow, my knee, or, in the final moments after a certain match in Flushing, my heart,” Williams said, according to the China Open website.
“This is a very difficult decision, but one ultimately made because of the love of the game,” she said.
34-year-old Williams is only one title away from tying Steffi Graf’s career total of 22 grand Slams and three away from Margaret Court’s 24. Williams is currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis.