Serena Williams will rest for a week after withdrawing from the Swedish Open due to an elbow problem but is confident the injury will not derail her preparations for the U.S. Open.
Williams, who will bid to complete a rare calendar grand slam at Flushing Meadows, withdrew ahead of her second-round match against Klara Koukalova after sustaining the injury during practice.
- French Open 2018: Garbine Muguruza through to quarters after Lesia Tsurenko retires hurt
- Serena Williams pulls out of French Open 2018 ahead of clash with Maria Sharapova
- French Open 2018: Serena Williams takes on Ashleigh Barty in second round
- French Open 2018: Feel like a queen from Wakanda in the new catsuit, says Serena Williams
- Serena Williams could face Maria Sharapova in fourth round at French Open 2018
- Serena Williams withdraws from Hopman Cup
“As much fun as we have been having the past 8 or so weeks I have to take some time to let my elbow heal,” Williams said in a post on her Facebook page.
“I am confident it will be ready for the rest of the summer. I need some time to recover and rehab it, but as of now I am being forced to take the next week off.”
The 33-year-old, who won her sixth Wimbledon singles tennis title this month, is scheduled to defend her title at Stanford from Aug. 3 and play the Rogers Cup in Toronto the following week ahead of the U.S. Open, which starts on Aug. 31.