TennisWorld USA reports that Serena is not playing in the 2011 China Open citing medical reasons. Specific info regarding the medical reasons are not available. When she opted out of Tokyo I had doubts about the China Open. Quite a distance to travel for just one event! Still thinking there were medical reasons impacting Serena’s play in the US Open final. Taking nothing from Stosur but serve and movement for Serena were not there! Recalling that toe injury flaring up in the Cincinnati tournament and again in her semi-final match at the US Open. Hopeful the toe injury nor any other health concern prevents her from further play in year ending competition. [ http://www.tennisworldusa.org/WTA-Beijing—Serena-also-pullls-out-of-China-Open-articolo1582.html ]
About Serena’s absence, I agree with this poster:
at Women Tennis with Serena in it.
Guess we got to look forward for the excitement in Men Tennis.
I really just can’t wait for Serena, Kim, and Maria [I add Venus] to come back and bring that fire.”
MISLEADING NEWS HEADLINES
The press is giddy about the ‘pull out’ news because no one name guarantees attention like Serena. Thus, the press is using her non-participation as an excuse for including Serena’s name in misleading headlines and blogs. Among other things, there are insinuations that China Open Officials left her name out of the draw! Why? To increase readership and attract hundreds of replies in their comment sections. Quoting poster All Good Things: ” Ever wonder if they charge advertisers more for Serena articles?”