Serena Williams and Simona Halep to Miss Rogers Cup 2021, Naomi Osaka to Show Up

Published 07/15/2021, 9:06 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


The WTA recently released the entry list for the main draw of the Rogers Cup, also called the National Bank Open, that will happen in Montreal, Canada. While the statement came bearing good news for some, it was a heartbreak for others. Even though the defending champion, Bianca Andreescu, will take part in the event, her fellow finalist, Serena Williams, will miss out. Regardless, the draw promises some enthralling battles fans can look forward to.

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The event is scheduled to begin on the 9th and end on the 15th of August. Fans are in for a treat as World No. 2, Naomi Osaka will take part in the tournament. This would be Naomi’s first appearance on the court since her withdrawal from the French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. 

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Romanian International Simona Halep will join Serena on the list of those who will miss out.

Tough luck for Serena Williams and Simona Halep

The 23-time Grand Slam Champion will have to rest out the Rogers Cup. Fans waiting anxiously for her return will have to once again settle for disappointment. Earlier, the 39-year-old already announced that she will not be taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As speculations of retirement rise, fans are hopeful of seeing Serena Williams at the 2021 US Open.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. during her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

World No. 9, Simona Halep, too will miss out on the event in Montreal. The former Wimbledon champion had to withdraw from the tournament because of a calf injury. In a heartfelt post, she also announced that she will not be representing Romania at the Summer Olympic Games.

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Naomi Osaka will be seen at the Rogers Cup

The Japanese International has been away from the court for over two months now. Earlier this year, she withdrew from the French Open on the grounds of mental health. Her decision to leave the tournament rocked the sporting world. While some criticized her, many came to Naomi’s aid. Courtesy of her much-needed break, Naomi Osaka is now ready to return to the court.

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Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a backhand against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) in a women’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Defending champion, Bianca Andreescu, will also be a part of the tournament. “Winning the National Bank Open in 2019 was a dream come true, and I hope I can defend the title next month in Montreal,” she said.

Watch this story: Wimbledon Championships 2021: Roger Federer’s Emotional Farewell

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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