Wed Jul 21 10:13am EDT
As with every Serena Williams injury, there's the usual buzz that Serena is either faking or not being entirely truthful about the extent of the ailment, mainly because she's being coy about how it happened and the timing of it (right between two majors). My guess is that she did hurt her foot but that she's milking the injury as an excuse to avoid playing the non-Slam tournaments she has long disdained. It's like when I told my friend last week that I couldn't help him move because I hurt my back. Technically I was telling the truth — I had tweaked it on the golf course — but, even more technically, I could have given him a hand. If Wimbledon was next week, I'd bet Serena would have given it a go.
One of the three tournaments Serena withdrew from was the Rogers Cup. It's not the first time an injury has prevented her from traveling to our neighbor to the north. In the past 12 years, Serena has played in the Rogers Cup just four times (and in two of those tournaments she withdrew during the tournament). Here's a rundown of Serena's WTA history in the Canadian event:
1999 — OUT with shoulder injury
2000 — RETIRED with a knee problem down 0-3 in third set of final vs. Martina Hingis
2001 — WON
2002 — WITHDREW with knee injury, hours before her first scheduled match
2003 — WITHDREW prior to knee surgery
2004 — DID NOT ENTER due to left knee injury
2005 — WITHDREW DURING TOURNAMENT because of left knee injury prior to second round match against Flavia Pannetta
2006 — DID NOT ENTER
2007 — DID NOT ENTER because of thumb injury
2008 — DID NOT ENTER due to Olympics
2009 — LOST in semifinal to Elena Dementieva 7-6 (2), 6-1
2010 — DID NOT ENTER because of foot surgery
With the exception of 2003, Serena played a few weeks later in the U.S. Open in each of those years.
You do the math.