World number one Serena Williams might not be competing at the WTA Finals in Singapore after pulling out of the premier-mandatory China Open with a knee injury. Williams was the defending champion of the event but had to pull out of her scheduled quarterfinal match against Samantha Stosur of Australia. Williams also withdrew from her match at the Wuhan Open due to a virus.
“I started to feel pain this week,” Williams said in an interview. “It didn’t feel really well last night at all. I almost didn’t go on the court [against Cornet] — I did at the last minute. I think it made it a little worse, to be honest.”
“It throbs just sitting, standing. I felt it mostly serving because I’m landing on my left knee. That was really killer for me. … As a defending champ, you always want to do your best to defend your title. That’s why I played yesterday. I’ve got to at least give it a chance. To come all this way and not to take the title, it’s just a waste.”
Williams, fresh from winning her 18th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open, will now be flying to Europe to get an MRI on her knee.
“I haven’t had time for an MRI, but I’ll do that and see what the problem is,” Williams said.
The MRI results will determine whether she can compete at the year-end championships in Singapore. Williams is the defending champion at the WTA Finals.
“If I feel this way for Singapore, I don’t think it’s smart for me to play,” Williams said. “I’m just going to see how it goes.”