The Premier-level tournament in Rome is warming up, with the strong field of seven of the Top 10 players present, including world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, but let’s remind ourselves of the dormant long-time champions Serena and Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters. What are they doing?
Serena Williams has slipped from No.10 to No.17 in the rankings released today and there is still no word on when she will come back from her two foot surgeries and the blood clot in her lungs. Serena's fall in the rankings is actually historical for American tennis history, as this week is the first week ever that the United States have no representative in the Top 10 in either WTA or ATP lists.
Soon it will be a year that Serena has been away from tennis courts. However, the younger Williams sister is far from bored. Recently she even had a stalker drama in her life.
Venus Williams hasn’t competed since retiring from her third round match at the 2011 Australian Open in January and is skipping this week’s Italian Open in Rome. However, the five-time Wimbledon champion has committed to playing the grasscourt tournament of Aegon International in June, where she hasn’t participated since 1998.
Kim Clijsters’ bizarre wedding injury is still keeping her away from competition, but the Belgian is back training and is only hoping to recover enough in time for the French Open which starts May 22. Her official website states French Open as her next tournament. (photos via: WTA Tour, sr_cranks, © Neal Trousdale)