Serena Withdraws From Final Tournaments

Serena Williams won’t play in the WTA Finals or the China Open si that she can recover from injuries before next season begins. “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,” Williams said Thursday. She was the favorite to win the U.S. Open, which would have allowed her to make history by tying Steffi Graf’s Grand Slam record by winning all four of tennis’s major titles in a calendar year.