Serena Williams has announced that she will not be participating in the 2011 French Open. Winner of the 2002 French Open, Serena has not been on the court since last July when she won the Wimbledon crown. This will mark the third consecutive Grand Slam event she will not be part of, since suffering a laceration on her foot last summer leading to two operations. In February, Serena was diagnosed with a hematoma on her lung thus setting her back even further on the path to recovery.
“While I am making good progress, unfortunately I won’t be able to compete in Roland Garros as I am continuing to rehab my foot and recover from the pulmonary embolism,” Williams said in a statement emailed by her agent. “I am grateful for every moment I have and the fact that I have returned to the court. I am hopeful that I will be back competing this summer. Thank you all for your continued prayers.”
Serena was replaced in the 2011 French Open draw by Junri Namigata of Japan.
Two-time French Open runner-up Dinara Safina of Russia, suffering with back issues, and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland, still feeling the effects of an ankle injury, have also withdrawn from Roland Garros.