Meghan Markle cheers Serena Williams at the US Open with BFF goals

Serena Williams is on the way.

Just days before the 2021 US Open, the 39-year-old GOAT announced on Wednesday, August 25th that she would not be participating in the annual tennis event this year to recover from a hamstring.

“After careful consideration and advice from my doctors and medical team,” she said in a statement on social media, “I have decided to withdraw from the US Open so that my body can completely heal from a hamstring.”

She said she would think of the Big Apple in her absence. “New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play,” she noted. “I’ll miss seeing the fans, but I’ll be cheering everyone from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. We’ll see each other soon.”

The US Open have been a mainstay of Williams’ career since they were with Chris Evert for most individual titles – six – in the Open Era or the current era of professional tennis.