Serena Williams plays a return to Elena Rybakina during their fourth round match in Paris. File / AP
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Serena Williams became the latest casualty to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics after Rafael Nadal on Sunday.
Serena revealed that she will not participates at the Tokyo Games, not disclosing any reasons in particular.
“There are a lot of reasons for that I don’t want to discuss them right now,” said Serena on the sideline of press conference ahead of Wimbledon.
It is assumed that the ban on the families of the participants due to coronavirus protocols might have prompted the decision to quit the showpiece event.
Because playing at Olympic means Serena will have to stay away from her daughter for a considerable period of time.
Serena is one of the most decorated woman tennis players in the history of the Olympics. She has won one gold in singles and three in doubles.
Before Serena, it was tennis legend Nadal, who became the first star to pull out of the Olympics a week ago.
Serena is also chasing Margret Court’s record of 24 career Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon. The American has won a seven Wimbledon titles.
The record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title has been eluding her for quite sometimes. She is racing against the time as she turns 40 in November. With each passing day, age is taking its toll on her body.
It might be her last bid at the Wimbledon. She has been drawn to face Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the opening round of the tournament.
However, an eight Wimbledon title followed by the US Open victory later this year can make her the most successful woman tennis player.
Serena won her last Grand Slam in 2017 at the Australian Open. Since then she has played four slam finals but failed to win in any of one of them.
But this time around she is relishing the prospect of winning eight Wimbledon as her fiercest rivals Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, who defeated her at Wimbledon final in 2017.
She recently lost to Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in the fourth round of the French Open.
As Serena Williams marched into her 11th Wimbledon singles final on Thursday, her place among the legends of tennis is assured but the 37-year-old American’s mission will not be accomplished unless she at least equals Margaret Court’s
The 37-year-old American was sanctioned for an incident which took place during a practice session before the tournament got underway.
"I really work hard to get to this Court as this was my first appearance. I have had very good preparation for the matches. I still feel that I have more stamina and improving with every match. I hope this preparation will continue,” the Czech star said.
Pakistan made a light work of the modest total to break their losing jinx against India after 12 failed attempts in the showpiece events. Prior to this match, India had defeated Pakistan in all 12 World Cup matches .
For the first time in Premier League history, United trailed 4-0 at half-time and have now suffered a run of taking just one point from a possible 12 in the league.
Shaheen Afridi struck the first blow with an express delivery that swung in to trap Rohit Sharma lbw for a first ball duck and the bowler celebrated with his trademark open-arm gesture.