Serena Williams struggled with a shoulder injury during the last months of the 2016 season. However, the athlete refuses to give up on tennis. Moreover, according to Herald Courier, she confirmed her presence at the 2017 Auckland Open, in New Zealand.
Williams, who just turned 35 on September 26, confronts a shoulder injury. The problems started after the Wimbledon Grand Slam. Due to this sprain, the American withdrew from the Wuhan Open and the China Open. According to BBC, she is focused on recovery and preparing for the WTA Finals. The season-ending competition will take place in Singapore, between Oct. 23 and 30, 2016.
Ending 2016 on the 2nd Place
Since she pulled out of the two tournaments previously mentioned, Williams lost her chance to become the ranking leader of the Women’s Tennis Association. She lost 1st place after the U.S. Open. As of this report, Angelique Kerber cumulated more than 1,400 points over the American. As ESPN stated, winning the WTA Finals may not be enough for Williams to end the 2016 season as the leader of the WTA.
However, the tennis star cares more about her health than about her ranking position. According to CNN, Williams affirmed that she does not want to play injured and lose matches she could possibly win. She also mentioned that she would not return to the competition until being at least 70 percent able to play at a higher level.
The Profile of a Champion
Williams was born on Sept. 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Mich. She started her professional career in 1995. Seven years later, she became the leader of the WTA’s ranking for the first time. She was the No. 1 female tennis player, in the world, for 309 weeks. Moreover, she detained the first position for 186 consecutive weeks.
As of this report, the American athlete won 71 WTA titles in her career, of which 22 are Grand Slam trophies.
– Six Australian Open’s awards; 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015.
– Three French Open’s rewards; 2002, 2013, 2015.
– Seven Wimbledon’s trophies; 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016.
– Six U.S. Open titles; 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Starting Next Season in Auckland
Currently, Williams struggles with a shoulder injury. Due to the problem, the American withdrew from the Wuhan Open and the China Open. However, she already made an announcement regarding the 2017 season.
According to One News Now, Williams will compete at the Auckland Open. The women’s tournament will take place between Jan. 2-7, 2017, at the ASB Tennis Center. Over the years, the competition has attracted many significant athletes. Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams, and Sloane Stephens are just some examples. Moreover, the latter is the winner of the 2016 Auckland Open tournament.
The men’s event will take place between January 9-14, at the same location. Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, and Roberto Bautista Agut are some of the tennis players who previously engaged in the competition. Bautista Agut is also the defending champion.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
BBC: Serena Williams out of Wuhan tournament and China Open with shoulder injury
CNN: Serena Williams won’t rush back after battling injuries in 2016
ESPN: Serena Williams still has time for one final push
Herald Courier: Serena Williams to start 2017 season in Auckland
One News Now: Wow! Serena Williams and her 22 grand slam titles are coming to Auckland for ASB Classic
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