Tennis Update: Serena Williams' Shoulder Injury Hinders her to Compete at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals

By MSIDD, Posted: 10/19/16 07:39AM EDT

The tennis star sensation Serena Williams will not take part in the WTA Finals in late October because she is suffering from the shoulder injury. It means that she is skipping this year-end event for the second consecutive season.

The 22-time grand slam winner earlier missed the entire Asian swing due to the shoulder problem and has constantly struggled with the issue for much of the second half of the campaign.

"It's been a tough year for me," Williams said in her video message posted on the WTA's official website. "I've constantly been dealing with these shoulder injuries. My doctor insists that I stay home and heal it. So I can have a chance to play next year."

She also withdrew WTA Finals in 2015, saying at the time that she needed to address her health. Last year also she didn't play any tennis after the US Open. However, she will likely to play her next tournament in Auckland in January to prepared herself for the Australian Open, 2017's first grand slam tournament of the next year.

She has participated in eight tournaments in this current season, winning two titles at the Wimbledon and Internazionali BNL d'Italia and runners-up in the Australian and French Open grand slam tournament. Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou tells that it was not a good season for the American tennis sensation.

Williams' withdrawal from this event helps Angelique Kerber secured the year-end No. 1 ranking. The German tennis star took over as No. 1 rank from Williams two days after winning the US Open. This is indeed a big advantage for Kerber.

Kerber will now headline the field in Singapore, with one place remaining because of the omission of Serena Williams'. That spot will be taken by either Carla Suarez Navarro, Svetlana Kuznetsova or Johanna Konta.

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