Serena Williams season over as she pulls plug on Beijing?
Serena Williams seems all but certain to have pulled the plug on her 2019 season, with the 38-year-old withdrawing from the Beijing WTA event which began at the weekend.
Williams will likely have some remorse after losing two Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon, and US Open) and for a second straight year to draw level with the all-time mark of 24 grand Slam singles titles after winning her 23rd in 2017.
Williams will be missing from a Beijing field which features the creme of the WTA with 1,000 ranking points at stake for the winner.
Entries include: Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, Roland Garros winner Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Wimbledon titleholder Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Bianca Andreescu, winner of the US Open this month.
Williams also ended her 2018 campaign after the US Open and has not competed in any autumn event since 2014 when she won the year-end championships in Singapore.
With a ranking of ninth but standing sixth in the 2019 points race to the $14 million season wrapup in Shanzhen, the jury is out on whether the veteran’s points total will be surpassed by trailing rivals who are actively competing: Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina and Belinda Bencic.
Williams fronted up for only eight events this season, the four majors plus Indian Wells, Miami, Rome and Toronto.
Her latest outing resulted in a 6-3, 7-5 humiliation by 19-year-old Canadian Andreescu in the New York final.
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online