|Serena Williams: Phil Noble/Reuters|
The top-ranked women’s player in the world and a three-time champion of the Open, Williams called the withdrawal “one of the most devastating moments of my career.”
It will be the first time in the 35-year history of the computerized rankings that the No. 1 player will miss the Open, according to the Women’s Tennis Association.
Williams sliced her right foot on a piece of broken glass at a restaurant in Munich last month, a few days after winning her fourth Wimbledon singles title. She had surgery in mid-July and has not played since.
At last year’s Open, Williams lost to the eventual champion Kim Clijsters in the semifinals, a match remembered mostly for her climactic tirade against a line judge who called a foot fault.
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