Williams did play in the Rio Olympics last week but fell to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the third round. During that match — one in which Williams double-faulted five times in one game late in the second set — she was visibly bothered by her shoulder. She and sister Venus also lost in the first round of doubles.
With her withdrawal, Williams is now in danger of losing her No. 1 ranking, which she has owned for 183 consecutive weeks, second all time to Steffi Graf’s record of 186.
If Rio silver medalist Angelique Kerber wins Cincinnati this week, she would unseat Williams atop the WTA Tour’s rankings. Earlier this season, Kerber won the Australian Open, her first major title, and at Wimbledon, she reached the final before running into Williams.
Assuming she is healthy enough to play, Williams will next appear at the US Open, where she has a chance to pass Graf’s Open era record of 23 Grand Slam titles.
Williams will be replaced in the Western & Southern draw by lucky loser Misaki Doi of Japan.
OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys tight end James Hanna will have knee surgery that puts his availability for the Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Giants in jeopardy, according to multiple sources.
Hanna was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp with a bone bruise. He has sought multiple opinions and has opted for the surgery.
Because the Cowboys put Hanna on the active/PUP list when camp began, he is eligible to be placed on the reserve/PUP list when the final cuts are made. If the Cowboys opt for that route, he would miss the first six games of the season and be able to return Oct. 30 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last week, McDaniel posted a Snapchat photo of the long TSA pre-check line at the airport in Atlanta. His agent, David Canter, saw the photo and asked McDaniel where he was flying to. He said he was headed to Seattle to visit some family and friends.