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Williams in doubt for ASB Classic

by October 17, 2016 General

The star signing for the women’s ASB Tennis Classic, former world number one Serena Williams could be in doubt for the Auckland tournament.

The 22 time grand slam winner, who has not played since losing the US Open semi-final early last month, has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Singapore citing a shoulder injury.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams and ASB Classic trophy Photo: Photosport

Since the US Open the 35-year-old has spent her time involved in fashion shows, a Beyonce video and concert and a trip to Disneyland.

In statement Williams said she was disappointed to withdraw adding it had been a difficult year coping with the shoulder injury.

She says her doctor has advised her not to compete in Singapore and to give the shoulder time to heal so that she has “a chance to play next year.”

Williams was unveiled as the ASB’s star signing late last month.

“We are obviously over the moon with this news. Serena is one of the biggest sporting stars on the planet. She has had the most Grand Slam victories, most consecutive weeks at number one and has twice held all four Grand Slam trophies at once. I think she is the greatest player, man or woman, to play the game,” said tournament Director Karl Budge at the time.

ASB Classic Tournament director Karl Budge and Venus Williams

ASB Classic Tournament director Karl Budge and Venus Williams Photo: Photosport

“To have an athlete of Serena’s calibre come to Auckland is going to be huge for New Zealand and really cements the ASB Classic as our biggest annual sporting event,” Budge continued.

Williams said she was thrilled to be making her Auckland debut.

“I am really excited to be coming to Auckland for the first time. I have heard so many great things about the city and the tournament.”

The ASB Classic runs from January 2-14th.