Former world women’s tennis number one, Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Rogers cup tournament in Montreal for best reasons known to her.
According to Tennis Canada, Serena Williams had withdrawn for ‘personal reasons’.
“Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not be joining us. Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action,” tournament director Eugene Lapierre said in a statement.
“But beyond the disappointment, the tournament as a whole remains a high-level competition.
“The entire top 10 is here, along with 22 of the top 25. There are exciting matches in store from the outset.”
The development have now delayed the 23-time grand slam winner’s start to the North America’s hardcourt season.
The Rogers Cup competiton opens on Monday with world number one Simona Halep as the top seed and Caroline Wozniacki as number two.
However, Williams who haven’t played ever since she lost the Wimbledon final to Germany’s Angelique Keber, will have her place in the draw taken by Germany’s Tatjana Maria.
The 36 year star have been making a slow but steady return to competitive tennis ever since she returned in March following the birth of her first child Alexis Olympia.