Serena Williams To Skip Madrid Open 2021 After Controversial Comments From Tournament Owner

Published 03/31/2021, 3:47 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Serena Williams is one of the true representatives of tennis. She has won twenty-three Grand Slam titles, which highlight the contribution made by her to the game. Having begun her career as a teenager and going strong even after entering motherhood, the American player has come a long way. 

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Recently, Serena Williams provided an update on her schedule for the current season. Unfortunately, she has decided to skip the WTA Madrid Open 2021. She happens to be the only player from the top 40 rankings to give the event a miss. However, her decision may not have been entirely due to an injury. 

TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 11: Serena Williams of the United States becomes upset after withdrawing from the final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada due to a back injury on Day 9 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 11, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Fans will be disappointed as Serena Williams will skip Madrid

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The Madrid tournament owner made a few remarks regarding Williams’ body weight. He even felt that the American superstar was overaged and should make way for others.

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This will be disheartening for her fans in Madrid, as they won’t get a glimpse of the legend. Serena has won the Madrid Open twice. She won it in 2012 when she beat Victoria Azarenka in the final, and in the following year, she beat Maria Sharapova.  

However, she is poised to make her return at the WTA Rome Open 2021. This will be her first tournament since her semifinal at the Australian Open 2021. At the Australian Open this year, Serena enjoyed a few thrilling victories before falling victim to eventual champion Naomi Osaka

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 03: Serena Williams of the United States is seen during the set break in her match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria during day four of the WTA 500 Yarra Valley Classic at Melbourne Park on February 03, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Serena withdrew from WTA Melbourne Open earlier this year

Serena had competed at the WTA Melbourne Open 2021. However, she withdrew before her semifinal match against World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty due to a shoulder injury. 

In the recent past, Williams has been bogged down with a couple of injuries. Last season, she withdrew from the French Open before her second-round match. She had suffered from an Achilles injury, and due to that, she called a premature end to her season. 

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Serena is one title away from equalling the great Margaret Court’s record of twenty-four Majors. Serena won her last Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open

As there is still a lot of tennis to be played this year, Serena will be eager to win her much-awaited twenty-fourth Grand Slam title. 

 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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