Serena Williams withdraws from Montreal’s Rogers Cup

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Serena Williams in action during her last WTA outing, a 6-1 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in the first round in San Jose; Getty Images
Having committed to her heaviest US Open build-up in four years, Serena Williams announces she will not play the Rogers Cup on Montreal, beginning next week.

Serena Williams has pulled out of next week’s Rogers Cup hard-court tournament, citing personal reasons.

The tournament announced Williams’ withdrawal on Saturday.

“All I know is that it can’t be easy for her to come back as a new mother and have to handle so many things,” said tournament director Eugène Lapierre.

“I know what she had to do to get here, and it’s quite an undertaking. She didn’t have an easy time of it at her hard-court tournament (in Indian Wells in March), and she may not have been totally satisfied with her game in training to enter an event of this caliber.

“We just don’t know.”

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, California, on Tuesday.

Williams, 36, was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. That was just her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby in September and dealing with a health scare related to blood clots.

The year’s last major tournament, the US Open, starts on 27 August.

Williams will be replaced in the draw at Montreal by Tatjana Maria, who faces Alize Cornet in the first round.

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