By Tia Ko
I was pretty disappointed to hear that Serena Williams decided to take the rest of the year off after withdrawing from the China Open in Beijing this week and the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month. In a statement it says that she needs the time to recover from reoccurring injuries but I have to wonder if she's taking the time to emotionally recover from that devastating loss to Roberta Vinci last month.
"It’s no secret I’ve played injured most of the year — whether it was my elbow, my knee or, in the final moments after a certain match in Flushing, my heart."
Vinci beat Serena in the semi-finals of the US Open causing one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport. Serena was on her way to achieving one of the biggest accomplishments in tennis, the calendar grand slam, but couldn't come up with the shots to take out the Italian veteran.
Serena's coach Patrick Mouratoglou said he wants her to play when she has the right motivation, "Any loss is very painful for her, but this one even more than usual. So it just takes time to recover from it, and when the motivation comes back, which I don't doubt it will, then it will be time to start tournaments again."
Serena doesn't have too much too lose from not playing in Beijing or the WTA Finals. She will still keep her number one ranking for the rest of the year because she only has 215 points to defend from the China Open and currently has a 4,000 point lead over the number two player, Simona Halep.
“This is a very difficult decision, but one ultimately made because of the love of the game. I plan to return to practicing and participating in exhibition matches later this year. And when I do, l will focus and focus and focus so I can continue my journey in this beautiful game."
I think it's a good idea for Serena to take the time off. If she needs to take a break and focus on what she needs to do next season then I'm all for it. Plus, next year is the Rio Summer Olympics... how about a golden calendar slam, Serena?