Serena Williams has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Singapore due to shoulder troubles.
Williams’ withdrawal was announced by the WTA on their Twitter feed, posting a video of Williams explaining the decision.
It will be the second consecutive year that Williams is skipping the season finale in Singapore due to injury.
She announces her withdrawal
“Hey everyone in Singapore,” Williams said. “I’m really, really bummed that I won’t be able to come compete this year.
“It’s been a really tough year for me just dealing so much with these shoulder injuries. My doctor insists that I stay home and heal it every single day.”
The 22-time Grand Slam champion earlier pulled out of two tournaments in China after being knocked out of the semi-finals of the US Open.
That defeat saw Williams’ 186-week reign atop the world rankings end. And then it was time for Germany’s Angelique Kerber to take over as she captured the Flushing Meadows title.
Williams claimed just one Grand Slam title in 2016, at Wimbledon.
After that, shoulder troubles hampered her in Rio where her hopes of a fifth Olympic gold medal were crushed in the third round.
WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement that organisers were “as disappointed as the fans”.
“We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back competing, fit and healthy,” he added.