After it appeared that Serena Williams would participate in next week’s Swedish Open in Bastad, the top seed and world No. 1 now looks highly doubtful for the event according to a variety of sources. Williams has been out of action since withdrawing from a Wimbledon doubles match with a “viral illness.” Prior to that, she had lost a third round match to Alize Cornet, which added to her string of poor showings over the past couple of months.
In a statement to ESPN.co.uk, Williams said:
“I decided not to play in Bastad, because I am still not feeling 100%. I want to be in perfect condition to go back on court, but unfortunately it’s not the case. I really hope to be able to get back to training from next week.
“I want to thank all my fans and the event organisers, for their support and comprehension. Bastad was my favourite tournament I played in last year, thus I am very disappointed not to come back there. But there is still next, year, so I can’t wait to go back there.”
Serena Williams has withdrawn from Bastad. “I want to be in perfect condition to go back on court, but unfortunately it’s not the case.”
— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) July 10, 2014
The Swedish Open takes place between July 14-21 in Bastad, Sweden.