Further injury misery for Serena
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Serena Williams has announced her withdrawal from the Wuhan and China Opens due to a persistent shoulder injury.
The 34-year-old has been plagued by injury and health issues all year, limiting her to just eight tournament appearances, with a shoulder problem hampering her activity since winning Wimbledon in July.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion managed to compete at the US Open last month but was clearly not 100 per cent fit as she bowed out in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows.
After her last-four exit, Williams said she planned to take some time off in the hope of being fit for the Far East leg of the WTA Tour.
However, the American has opted out of the first two of her three scheduled appearances, next week's Wuhan Open and the China Open, in the hope of being fit for the season finale, the WTA Finals, at the end of October.
She said on wtatennis.com: "I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open or the China Open due to continuing issues with my right shoulder.
"I have been practising and playing but my shoulder is still not fit for tournament play. I am focused on getting ready to compete at the WTA Finals in Singapore."