Tennis: Williams pulls out of Wuhan and Beijing but on track for WTA Finals S'pore return

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Wuhan Open and China Open, citing a shoulder injury.
Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Wuhan Open and China Open, citing a shoulder injury.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - American tennis star Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Wuhan Open and China Open, citing a shoulder injury.

According to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) website,Williams, the world No. 2, said in a statement: "I have been practising and playing but my shoulder is still not fit for tournament play.

"I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete at the Wuhan Open or the China Open due to continuing issues with my right shoulder."

The two premier-level tournaments in China are key stops on the Asian swing.

However, the 34-year-old is targeting a return at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, which start on Oct 23.

She said: "I am focused on getting ready to compete at the WTA Finals in Singapore."

Williams and world No. 1 Angelique Kerber have qualified for the season finale.