Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams’ AO2021 in jeopardy as she pulls out of warm-up event after injury

Aus Open 2021 The 23-time women ‘s Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams on Friday pulled out of the Yarra Valley Classic after sustaining a  shoulder injury, hours after quarter-final win in the Aus Open tuneup event. Williams, 39, has set up a mouth-watering clash against Ash Barty after outclassing Danielle Collins of the US.

“Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Yarra Valley Classic singles draw due to a right shoulder injury,” the women’s tour said in a Tweet post.

The development has helped the World No.1 advance into the final.

“Ashleigh Barty advances to the final by walkover,” it added.

 The injury could be a concern for the World No.7 as it has forced the US Tennis champion to stay away from the game for the last few years.

Williams is just a title away to equal the most singles grand slam in women’s singles. She will level Margaret Court who has the most number of grand slam titles in women’s Tennis.

Besides Williams, all top Tennis players like Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina, Sofia Kenin, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem will also feature in the Australian Open 2021. Only Roger Federer has pulled himself out of the tournament, handing his rival Nadal to break the all-time grand slam record in Australian Open men’s singles.

The tournament is slated to begin on February 8 and will conclude on February 21. In last year’s Australian Open, Sofia Kenin and Novak Djokovic were crowned champions in women’s and men’s singles events.

Australian Open was in doubt after a hotel staff tested positive for the virus in the ongoing week but the organisers have said that the tournament will go ahead as scheduled. Check complete schedule for the Australian Open 2020:

8-9 February – Men’s and women’s singles first round

10-11 February – Men’s and women’s singles second round

12-13 February – Men’s and women’s singles third round

14-15 February – Men’s and women’s singles fourth round

16-17 February – Men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals

18 February – Women’s semi-finals and first men’s semi-final

19 February – Second men’s semi-final

20 February – Women’s final

21 February – Men’s final

All the matches will be LIVE streamed on Sony Six, Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3 and Sony LIV in English and Hindi.

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