Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals in Singapore due to shoulder injury.
The 35-year-old American world number 2 has not played since getting to the semi-finals of the US Open in September, 2016.
Serena’s place could go to British number one Johanna Konta, who is 9th in the rankings, although she has an abdominal injury.
The top 8 players qualify automatically for the end-of-season finals, which run from 23-30 October.
Johanna Konta, who reached the final of the China Open this month, pulled out of last week’s Hong Kong Open and will not compete in this week’s Kremlin Tournament.
She will be overtaken in the rankings if Spain’s Carla Navarro or Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 10th and 11th in the rankings respectively, win the tournament in Moscow.
The 25-year-old Konta is aiming to become the first British female player since Virginia Wade in 1980 to reach the finals in the Tournament.
Williams, who has won 5 Tour Finals, said: “I am really, really bombed that I won’t be able to compete.
“It has been a really tough year for me, just dealing with my shoulder injury.
“My doctor insists that I stay at home and heal it every single day so I can have a chance to play again next year.”
Culled From: BBC News