Serena Williams (shoulder) withdraws from Rogers Cup

Sunday July 24th, 2016

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Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Rogers Cup with shoulder inflammation, she announced Sunday.

Williams, who just won at Wimbledon and was the top seed in the tournament, is scheduled to represent the United States at the Rio Olympics in August. 

“Due to inflammation in my shoulder, I unfortunately must withdraw from the Rogers Cup,” Williams said in a statement. “I was looking forward to competing in Montreal and I look forward to returning soon.”

Williams’s Wimbledon title was her record seventh, and tied Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam championships.

Williams would have had a first round bye at the tournament.“Because this is an Olympic year, the players have very full schedules,” tournament director Eugene Lapierre said. “Sometimes your body needs rest. We hope that Serena will recover quickly and wish her much success for the rest of the season.

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