Serena Williams withdraws from Rogers Cup for personal reasons

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 4, 2018

German Tatjana Maria will now get a wildcard spot in the main draw and faces Alize Cornet of France in the first round.

Serena Williams is present and joins top-seed Simona Halep, recent Wimbledon victor Angelique Kerber, defending champion Elina Svitolina as well as Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens to name a few. "Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action", tournament director Eugene Lapierre said in a statement. "But beyond the disappointment, the tournament, as a whole, remains a high-level competition". Shortly after the win, she announced that she was pregnant and didn't play for the rest of the tennis season. "There are exciting matches in store from the outset".

The 36-year-old Williams was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. That was just her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby in September and dealing with a health scare related to blood clots.

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The 23-times Grand Slam singles champion lost 6-0 6-1 to Johanna Konta at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic last week, the heaviest defeat of her distinguished career.

The Toronto-based tournament will begin on the conclusion of the Citi Open in Washington - which is also live on Sky Sports Arena - and is followed by the Cincinnati Masters on August 13, while the final Grand Slam of the year - the US Open at Flushing Meadows - starts on August 27.

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