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'I need to allow my body to heal' - Serena Williams withdraws from US Open

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The US Open has lost another big name with the news that Serena Williams has withdrawn from this year's event.

The men's singles had already been largely decimated in terms of name-value, with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and defending champion Dominic Thiem all withdrawing with injury.

The women's competition has now been dealt a similar blow, with the biggest name of them all revealing she is unable to compete due to her hamstring problem.

"After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring," Serena Williams said.

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"New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favourite places to play.

"I will miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. I'll see you soon."

Serena Williams has won more Open Era Grand Slam titles than anyone, although she has not been able to add to her total of 23 since the Australian Open in 2017.

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