What Injury Is Serena Williams Suffering From? When Is She Expected To Return on WTA Tour?

Published 04/13/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 14: Serena Williams serves during her match against Shelby Rogers during Top Seed Open – Day 5 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 14, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is one of the most decorated players in the history of the sport. To win on a consistent basis for two decades is not feasible for all athletes but Serena, over the years, has won nearly all the honors in the game.

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Unfortunately, Serena Williams has been troubled by numerous injuries in recent times. She missed the Miami Open in March due to oral surgery that she had to undergo. Prior to that, she faced a scare early in the season.

During the Yarra Valley Classic, she withdrew from the event before her semifinal clash against Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty as she’d suffered from a shoulder injury.

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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 Williams has not competed since the Australian Open this year

Williams has not featured in a tournament since her semifinal defeat at the Australian Open. She is poised to resume her season and make a return at the WTA Italian Open 2021 in Rome, having skipped Mutua Madrid Open due to personal reasons this year.

The American tennis legend has been troubled by a number of physical complications in recent times. Last year, she withdrew from the French Open midway through the tournament due to an Achilles’ heel injury. It resulted in her calling an early end to the season.

In the 2016 season, she was dealt a blow as she endured a knee injury, which has been a constant issue in her career, and also shoulder inflammation.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her semi-final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Serena has been involved with the sport for two decades

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Having been involved in the sport since 1995, Williams has come a long way, playing all these years at the highest level. However, the journey has not been easy for the American ace. She has dealt with injuries along the course, which at times have forced her to remain away from the tour.

Speaking about Serena’s recent performances, she competed at the Australian Open this season but failed to go the distance. She is on 23 Grand Slam titles and is one shy of equalling the Australian great Margaret Court’s record of 24 Majors.

With the clay-court season underway, it will be interesting to see how Williams performs in the upcoming events and if she can go the distance at Roland Garros this year.

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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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