Serena Williams pulls out of US Open as she recovers from torn hamstring

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Williams won the 2014 US Open women's title

Serena Williams, six-time champion, is the latest high-profile player who will be leaving next week's US Open.

The 39-year old American icon posted a social media post saying that she needed to give her body time to heal from a torn Hamstring.

Williams will join Dominic Thiem (defending men's champion), Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal in winning this year's final Grand Slam.

Flushing Meadows, New York will host the tournament starting on 30 August.

Williams posted on Instagram: "After careful thought and following the advice from my doctors and medical staff, I have decided that the US Open will be cancelled to allow my body to heal fully from my torn hamstring."

"New York is one the most exciting cities in all of the world. It's also one of my favourite places for playing - I'll miss the fans, but will cheer on from far away.

"Thanks for all your support and love. "I'll be seeing you soon."

Williams was injured in her hamstring while she was exiting Wimbledon's first round. She had to retire against Belarusian Aliaksandra Snovich.

Williams had another chance to win a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open.

We will keep you posted.