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Three-time major champion Angelique Kerber to miss US Open

Three-time major champion Angelique Kerber to miss US Open
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Angelique Kerber, a three-time major champion, announced she will miss the upcoming US Open as well as the next several months on tour.

Kerber announced her plans Wednesday in a social media post that included emojis of a baby, a bottle, heart hands and a heart.

« I really wanted to play the US Open but eventually I decided that two against one just isn’t a fair competition, » Kerber wrote, implying that she is expecting her first child. « For the next months, I will take a break from traveling the globe as a tennis player but then again, I believe it’s for the best possible reason. »

Kerber’s post received several supportive comments from many of her past and present peers, including Ashleigh Barty, Agnieszka Radwanska and Ana Ivanovic.

« So happy for you, » Ivanovic wrote. « You’re going to be a great mom. »

Kerber, 34, who won the US Open in 2016, hasn’t played on tour since reaching the third round at Wimbledon in July. A former world No. 1, Kerber is currently ranked No. 52 in the world.

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Kerber said she planned to return to the WTA tour in the future, but did express some sadness about not being at the US Open this year.

« New York has often been a turning point in my career and it feels like this year will be no different in some way, » Kerber wrote. « From restarting my career in 2011 to winning the title in 2016 and becoming #1 in the world … the US Open [has] a special place in my heart and I wish I could have said goodbye to all of you on court before not being around on tour for a while. »

A handful of mothers currently play professional tennis, including two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka, 2022 Wimbledon semifinalist Tatjana Maria, three-time major doubles champion Vera Zvonareva and former junior No. 1 Taylor Townsend.

Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion who gave birth in 2017, is expected to retire following the US Open. The main draw begins Monday in New York.

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