Tuesday August 16th, 2016

Top-seeded Serena Williams withdrew from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a shoulder injury, tournament officials announced.

Williams, who is the tournament’s two-time defending champion, dropped out on Monday following a morning practice session.

Williams was set to participate in the tournament after being beaten in the first round of the Olympic singles tournament. The men's No. 1 player, Novak Djokovic also withdrew from the Western & Southern Open, citing a wrist injury.

The withdrawal gives No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber a chance to earn the world's top spot if she can win the tournament championship.

Williams, 34, has been ranked No. 1 for the past 183 consecutive weeks. Misaki Doi from Japan replaced Williams in the draw, and received Williams’s first-round bye.

Williams is 33–5 this year in singles competition, winning Wimbledon last month.

– Scooby Axson

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