Serena Williams, ranked No.1 in the world, was spotted hobbling around Beverly Hills on crutches due to deep cuts to her foot when she stepped on broken glass in a restaurant. Even though her tweets say not to worry and that she’ll be playing in the US Open tennis championship, there’s still speculation that she might not make the US Open tennis schedule .
Williams’ return to the Open has been widely anticipated due to her tumultuous semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters in 2009. However, her spokesman, Andrew Walker has repeatedly said Williams is questionable for the final Grand Slam of the year.
Serena’s foot did need stitches after the incident, which was after she won her 4th Wimbledon crown and 13th major title earlier in July. The injury was believed not to be serious as she played in an exhibition in Brussels July 8th against Clijsters . Clijsters commended Serena just before the exhibition game in Brussels, saying that she knew how serious Serena’s foot injury was and that if it were she, Clijsters wouldn’t be playing. Williams subsequently withdrew from upcoming tournaments in Istanbul, Cincinnati and Montreal –which begins on August 16th only weeks before the US Open which kicks off August 30th.
It would be a real tragedy if Serena wasn’t playing at the Open this year. Attendance might go down as well as TV viewing. According to many tennis enthusiasts, it wouldn’t be right to see the US Open tennis scores and not see Serena’s listed.