Serena to skip WTA Finals due to bad shoulder
UNITED States superstar Serena Williams has withdrawn from the elite WTA Finals in Singapore, saying she is still working to recover from the shoulder troubles that hindered her this year.
The WTA announced her withdrawal from the event that starts on Oct 23 on their Twitter feed, posting a video of Williams explaining the decision.
It will be the second straight year that the player is skipping the season finale in Singapore due to injury.
"Hey everyone in Singapore," she said.
"I'm really, really bummed that I won't be able to come compete this year.
"It's been a really tough year for me just dealing so much with these shoulder injuries.
"My doctor insists that I stay home and heal it every single day."
The 22-time Grand Slam champion earlier pulled out of two tournaments in China after being knocked out of the semi-finals of the US Open.
That defeat saw Williams' 186-week reign atop the world rankings end as Germany's Angelique Kerber reached the summit and captured the Flushing Meadows title in the bargain.
Williams claimed just one Grand Slam title this year, at Wimbledon.
After that, shoulder troubles hampered her in Rio where her hopes of a fifth Olympic gold medal were crushed in the third round.
WTA CEO Steve Simon said organisers were "as disappointed as the fans".
"We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back competing, fit and healthy," he added.
Williams' withdrawal opens up the eighth qualification spot to Britain's Johanna Konta, Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro and Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Either Navarro or Kuznetsova must win the title in Moscow at the VTB Kremlin Cup in order to edge out Konta for the eighth and final qualifying spot.
The tournament in Singapore will see reigning champion Agnieszka Radwanska defending her title against current top seed Kerber.