The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus Williams, will not be able to participate in the China Open. The director of the tournament, Charles Hsiung, gave this information to the reporters on Friday. Serena is suffering from flu; while, Venus has got a bit of problem in her lower back. The tennis fans of USA would have been hugely disappointed with this news.

Serena has been in sensational form in the last few months. She has won 6 WTA titles this year out of which 2 were the Grand Slam titles. She has won the US Open recently after defeating the world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the final. Before that, she had won the Wimbledon Championship and then, the gold medal in the singles competition of London Olympics.

On the other hand, Venus William hasn’t been in the greatest of forms of late. She was knocked out from the second round of the recently played US Open. She was defeated by Angelique Kerber of Germany. Her performance in the singles competition of London Olympics was also pretty dismal.

When asked why she decided to withdraw her name from the China Open, Venus replied, “I have played in China before and it’s a wonderful place to play tennis. I was pretty excited to participate in China Open this year, but, unfortunately, I discovered an injury in my lower back and I need a bit of time to get fit.”

When Serena was asked the same question, she said, “I would have loved to participate in this great tournament. But, I have got flu and I am not in a condition to play at the moment.”

In the China Open this year, Victoria Azarenka has been given the top seed, while, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska has been given the 2nd and the 3rd seed respectively.