Serena pulls out of WTA Finals with injured shoulder

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore later this month citing a persistent shoulder injury, the world number two said on Monday.

The 22-times grand slam singles champion has played only eight tournaments this year and lost her top rankings to German Angelique Kerber.

“It’s been a really tough year for me, dealing with these shoulder injuries. My doctor insists that I stay home and heal it. I only have wonderful memories of playing in Singapore and I will really miss my fans,” the 35-year-old said in a video on the WTA website.

Williams, who also missed Wuhan Open and China Open and a tournament in Cincinnati this year, added that she will be “off court for the next several weeks”.

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