Serena Williams has withdrawn forward of her semifinal on the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne due to a proper shoulder injury.
Serena, 39, was coming off a 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 victory over fellow American Danielle Collins within the quarterfinals on Thursday. Ashleigh Barty obtained a walkover into the final.
Williams is the No. 10 seed on the Australian Open and is slated to face Laura Siegemund of Germany within the first round.
“I feel great, I’ve nothing to lose going into that match,” Serena mentioned before withdrawing. “It’s going to nice for me and her. She’s clearly a crowd favorite and each time I am not enjoying against her, I’m rooting for her.”
.@serenawilliams moves into the final four!
The No.5 seed wins the All-🇺🇸 bout with Collins 6-4, 4-6, [10-6].
Will face Ashleigh Barty in the #YarraValleyWTA semifinals. pic.twitter.com/0Zvc32vSUm
— wta (@WTA) February 5, 2021
The Australian Open begins Monday and Williams continues to be seeking her record-trying 24th Grand Slam title, which might tie Australian Margaret Courtroom for first all-time.
In September, Williams withdrew from the French Open because of an Achilles harm suffered on the U.S. Open, the place she lost within the semifinals to Victoria Azarenka.
Williams hasn’t won a serious since the2017 Australian Open and is 0-4 in major finals since turning into a mother to daughter Olympia later that year.
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