Serena Williams withdraws from Rogers Cup

Novak Djokovic returns to the hard courts having won Wimbledon in July

Novak Djokovic returns to the hard courts having won Wimbledon in July

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup Canadian Open women's tennis championships.

'Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not be joining us. "But beyond the disappointment, the tournament, as a whole, remains a high-level competition".

It did not include a quote from Williams, who was scheduled to arrive in Montreal Saturday morning.

The tournament begins on Monday and will feature the top 10 ranked players in the world including world No 1 and reigning French Open champion Simona Halep. Shortly after the win, she announced that she was pregnant and didn't play for the rest of the tennis season. "There are exciting matches in store from the outset".

The team behind the Rogers Cup had pulled out all the stops to ensure Serena Williams' stay in Montreal would be as easy and comfortable as possible.

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The Dane finished runner-up to Elina Svitolina in the tournament final a year ago when it was held in Toronto.

However, the former world No 1 suffered the biggest loss of her career during her hard-court comeback as she went down 6-1, 6-0 to British No 1 Johanna Konta in San Jose on Wednesday.

The year's final Grand Slam, the U.S. Open, starts on August 27.

Kerber would face Williams for the 10th time overall provided the American gets past Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, who has defeated Williams four out of the six times they have met in WTA Tour tournaments.

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