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Serena Williams pulls out of US Open, citing torn hamstring

Serena Williams of the US serves to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus for the women's singles...
Serena Williams of the US serves to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus for the women's singles first round match on day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday June 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)(Kirsty Wigglesworth | AP)
Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 7:09 AM CDT
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(AP) - Serena Williams has added herself to the list of big-name withdrawals from the U.S. Open.

She pulled out of the year’s last Grand Slam tournament because of a torn hamstring. Williams announced her decision in a social media post.

She hasn’t competed since injuring her right leg during her first-round match at Wimbledon in late June.

The American joins Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in sitting out the competition in Flushing Meadows. Williams owns 23 Grand Slam titles. The American turns 40 next month.

The draw for the U.S. Open is Thursday. Play begins next Monday.

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