Williams withdraws from Rogers Cup

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Jul 14, 2018; London, United Kingdom; Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Angelique Kerber (GER) on day 12 at All England Lawn and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Reuters/Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup in Montreal for “personal reasons”, Tennis Canada said on Saturday, delaying the 23-time grand slam winner’s start to the North American hardcourt season.

Tennis Canada said Williams’s decision to pull out was made for personal reasons but did not elaborate.

“Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not be joining us. Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action,” tournament director Eugene Lapierre said in a statement. “But beyond the disappointment, the tournament, as a whole, remains a high-level competition.

“The entire top 10 is here, along with 22 of the top 25. There are exciting matches in store from the outset.” The tournament opens today with world number one Simona Halep as the top seed and Caroline Wozniacki, who pulled out of the Citi Open earlier this week with a leg injury, number two.

Williams has not played since losing the Wimbledon final last month and has been making a slow but steady return following the birth of her first child Alexis Olympia in March.

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