Kenin, Williams Sisters Withdraw From Western & Southern Open


The Western & Southern Open has announced with withdrawal of three players from the 2021 women’s field – Sofia Kenin (foot), Serena Williams (leg) and Venus Williams.

“Unfortunately, I will not be playing in the Western & Southern Open next week as I am still in recovery from my leg injury at Wimbledon,” said the two-time champion Serena. “I will miss all of my fans in Cincinnati whom I look forward to seeing every summer. I plan to be back on the court very soon.”

“Unfortunately I had to make the difficult decision to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open next week,” said Kenin. “I am rehabbing well in hopes to play the US Open later this month. I feel another week of recovery is necessary. I want to thank the USTA for all their efforts in holding the event during such challenging times. Best of luck to all the players.”

The 2021 Western & Southern Open women’s field features the WTA No. 1 and 2021 Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty, along with recent Major champions such as 2020 Western & Southern Open finalist Naomi Osaka (2020 US Open, 2021 Australian Open), Barbora Krejcikova (2021 French Open) and Iga Swiatek (2020 French Open). The entries also include defending and two-time champion Victoria Azarenka along with past Cincinnati champions Madison Keys (2019), Garbine Mugurza (2017) and Karolina Pliskova (2016).