American female tennis ace, Serena Williams has not been listed for the China Open draw, as she appeared to call time on her season – following her meltdown in the US Open final.
Serena’s name, along with that of her sister, Venus, did not appear on a list of 64 players ahead of the start of the tournament in Beijing, one of the women’s tour’s mandatory events.
It comes less than three weeks after the tempestuous US Open final, where Williams, 37, accused the umpire of lying and sexism in an angry rant during her 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.
In extraordinary scenes, Serena went into a tailspin after a warning for receiving coaching from the sidelines, smashing her racquet and being docked a point and then a game.
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion later said she wanted to “move on” from the incident, but maintained that women players could not get away with “even half of what a guy can do”.
Serena said: “Right now we are not, as it’s proven, in that same position. But that’s neither here nor there. I’m just trying most of all to recover from that and move on.”
The episode polarised tennis with many expressing sympathy for Williams, while others said her behaviour was out of line.
Osaka was in tears during the victory ceremony for her first Grand Slam win as boos rang out from the New York crowd, prompting Williams to call for calm.
Czech-born American Martina Navratilova wrote in the New York Times:“We cannot measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with.
“In fact, this is the sort of behaviour that no one should be engaging in on the court.”