| By David Drucker

American Serena Williams has announced her withdrawal from the the Western & Southern Open, an Olympus U.S. Open Series event in Cincinnati due to aggravating a toe injury. Serena was scheduled to meet Sam Stosur of Australia in what would have been a rematch of the Toronto finals just this past Sunday. For Serena, this is undoubtedly the right decision to pull out of the tournament to heal and rest up for the upcoming 2011 U.S. Open.

After winning 12 straight matches, which included two titles, Serena has already been deemed the favorite going into the U.S. Open. She has the matches under her belt now, with a great deal of confidence in her game. She’s beaten big name players like Marion Bartoli of France, Russia’s Maria Sharapova, and Stosur. Having beaten those top name players, Serena will have the confidence to do so again should she meet one of them in the early stages of the Open which is possible pending her seed.

Serena had missed nearly a year due to injury and illness, so you can rest assure that any nagging injury Serena has presently, she’ll want to take care of it as soon as possible, and not continue to play hurt. Next up after the Masters in Cincinnati are tournaments in Dallas, Texas and New Haven, Conn., both of which Serena is not entered in. It looks as if Serena believes that she’s gotten enough matches under her belt and is primed and ready for the U.S. Open come Aug. 29.