Serena Williams, of the United States, exhales during her loss to Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Charles Krupa

Top-seeded Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open with a shoulder injury.

August 15, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) — Top-seeded Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open with a shoulder injury, the tournament announced on Monday.

Williams, the tournament’s two-time defending champion, withdrew on Monday after a morning practice session, according to tournament officials.

She accepted a wild-card berth in the tournament last week after being upset in the third round of the Rio Olympics.

The withdrawal gives second-seeded Angelique Kerber an opportunity to earn the WTA No. 1 ranking if she were to win the W&S title.

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Williams has been ranked No. 1 for 183 consecutive weeks and 306 overall.

Japan’s Misaki Doi replaces Williams in the draw, receiving Williams’s first-round bye.

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