Williams pulls out from Rogers Cup for "personal reasons"

Silvia Morton
August 7, 2018

The 23-time Grand Slam victor citied "personal reasons" for her making the late decision to pull out of the Rogers Cup.

"Once you move past the disappointment, you look at the board and say 'Wow, there are incredible matches here from beginning to end'".

1 on the WTA world rankings after beating her sister Venus to win the 2017 Australian Open. Serena had missed nearly the entire 2017 season due to pregnancy and the birth of her daughter and she is on the comeback trail, aiming to return to the top and win more Majors title before the end of her career.

"Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action".

Williams last appearance in Montreal was in 2014.

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The tournament begins on Monday and will feature the top 10 ranked players in the world including world No 1 and reigning French Open champion Simona Halep.

The 36-year-old withdrew from the tournament as he wants to avoid similar mistakes he made at Wimbledon.

Kerber would face Williams for the 10th time overall provided the American gets past Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, who has defeated Williams four out of the six times they have met in WTA Tour tournaments.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion is coming off the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday.

The year's last major tournament, the U.S. Open, starts on August 27.

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