Written by Staff Writer
Serena Williams will not play in the US Open in August — because of her pregnancy — because there’s not enough time to properly prepare, her sister Venus Williams said on Sunday.
Serena Williams is on maternity leave until after the tournament, at which time the American will be 35.
The mother-to-be suffered her first loss at Wimbledon in July, but her shock departure from the Rogers Cup on Sunday means she will have missed the birth of her baby since then.
“Serena Williams announced today that she will not play at the 2017 US Open due to her pregnancy,” Venus wrote on Facebook.
“After consulting with her doctors she has chosen to continue her pregnancy and not risk any complications by playing in the US Open.
“Serena and her team have worked so hard throughout her pregnancy and I know they will make the best decision for her long-term health.
“She has put a lot of thought into this and she knows how much the US Open means to her and her family so I know she will make the right choice for her health.”
The youngest of three siblings, Venus, 37, and Serena, 36, have won 17 Grand Slam titles between them, including five of the last six at Wimbledon.
Venus, who will play in her 22nd consecutive US Open, lost in the third round of the Rogers Cup to Belgian Elise Mertens on Sunday, while Serena faces a court appearance on September 14 in Toronto.
After saying she could be in trouble if she played in the latter event, Williams clarified her comments.
“I know she didn’t mean anything by it. It was actually to cheer on my sister,” a reporter told CNN.
Williams — the world number 100 — beat Australia’s Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-4 in Toronto.
“I know everyone is going to be behind me,” said Williams. “If they are, I’m going to make the most of it and do the best I can.”