The 23 times Grand Slam Champion, Serena Williams, is confident about playing in the Australian Open, shrugging off the shoulder injury she is suffering. However, she withdrew from Grampians Trophy, a warm-up event for players at the Grand Slam.
Serena, the current world number 11 on WTA was due to play current world number 1 Australian Ashleigh Barty in the Grampians trophy. However, she pulled out of the competition.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) February 2, 2021
Serena, now confident about playing the Melbourne Park event, and will be competing for her 24th Grand Slam.
In a press conference at Melbourne Park, Williams asserted on her injury, “I feel pretty good. I’ve gotten a lot of treatment already on my shoulder. I’m feeling very confident and getting ready for hopefully the next two weeks.”
In addition, Serena also conveyed “It’s definitely something. It is something that I’m going to have to deal with for the fortnight. Kind of knowing that going into a tournament definitely helps.”
The injury and withdrawal
US Open Champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from her warm-up events with injuries. She is one of the favorites to win the Melbourne Park event.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, world number 13 also withdrew from her warm-up events. Azarenka, who lost to Osaka in the US Open pulled out with a lower back injury.
Japan’s Osaka was set to face Belgium’s Elise Mertens in the Gippsland Trophy semi-finals. The match was to take place on Saturday. Nonetheless, Osaka withdrew due to a shoulder problem.
The follow-up events
There are six ATP and WTA events underway currently. The events are taking place at Melbourne Park. It is for the players to prepare for the upcoming Grand Slam.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 6, 2021
The semi-finals of the Grampians Trophy to be held on Sunday. The winners will receive finalist points and prize money. However, there will be no title match. The final will not be held as the authorities are already behind schedule.
This year’s Australian Open attracted many controversies. With most of the players pulling out of the warm-up events including Serena, the main event will attract much attention. The Grand Slam starts on Monday at Melbourne Park.