SINGAPORE - American tennis star Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Wuhan Open and China Open, citing a shoulder injury.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