Serena Williams Out Of WTA Finals After Shoulder Injury
Serena Williams will not take part in the WTA Finals in late October due to a shoulder injury, meaning she is skipping the elite year-end event for the second straight season.
The 22-time grand slam winner missed the entire Asian swing due to the shoulder problem and has struggled with the issue for much of the second half of the campaign.
"It's been a really tough year for me," Williams said in a video message posted on the WTA's website. "I've been dealing so much with these shoulder injuries. My doctor insists that I stay home and heal it, so I can have a chance to play next year.”
Williams is scheduled to play her next tournament in Auckland in January in the buildup to the Australian Open, 2017's first grand slam.
Williams' pullout from Singapore means that Angelique Kerber secured the year-end No. 1 ranking. The German took over as No. 1 from Williams two days after winning the US Open, ending the latter's consecutive 186-week reign atop the rankings.