The American tennis siblings Serena and Venus Williams have pulled out of the U.S. Open. Tennis Channel reported on Monday that both women would skip this year’s Open — the 32nd and final Grand Slam of the year — because of a left-knee injury suffered by Serena during a tournament in Montreal last month. Venus missed a tournament in Stanford, Calif., as a result of her own knee issues earlier this year.
Tennis Channel had earlier noted that the sisters would not compete in the event because of separate injuries. The network’s senior correspondent, Steve Simon, wrote that the sisters would take time away from the sport “to rest and recover,” but added that that they were both eager to compete again and will likely do so in the 2017-18 season.
The Williams’s absence from this year’s Open (their eighth appearance at the tournament) will bring an end to a rivalry that reaches back more than two decades. Their final meeting was the 2012 Wimbledon final, in which Serena retained her title against her older sister.
For Serena, it was the end of an incredible record of dominance, which took place largely on the basis of Venus’s playing. For Venus, it will be the end of an incredible career that featured 21 Grand Slam titles, the most in history.
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