Sharapova, who won the U.S. Open in 2006, withdrew from the event for the second time in three years, citing an injury that also kept her out of hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati earlier this month.
A year after leaving Washington with a toe injury that would sideline him for the next three weeks, a healthy Nishikori returned to the Citi Open last week eyeing a strong start to the hard-court season.
Hewitt won the event now known as the Citi Open in 2004, and his final appearance at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center was recognized with an on-court ceremony and by several fellow Australians.
Williams withdrew from the Swedish Open last week with an injured right elbow and will not play for the Kastles, part of World TeamTennis, in matches on Monday or Tuesday.
Williams is proud of her muscular and toned body, but that she continues to deal with criticisms about the way she looks is reflective of our society’s obsession with norms for beauty and femininity.
Djokovic won his ninth Grand Slam title on Sunday when he defeated Roger Federer, and when asked to ponder his place among the greats, Djokovic paused before realizing he may be entering the conversation.
Djokovic further cemented his status as the most dominant player in the game by defeating Federer, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3, to take his third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam championship.
Williams overcame a slow start, eight double-faults and a nervy finish to beat Garbine Muguruza, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday for her sixth Wimbledon title.
Williams will face No. 20 Garbine Muguruza, who advanced to her first Grand Slam final by eliminating No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska, for a chance to win her third Grand Slam event of the year.
Federer is closing in on his record eighth trophy at Wimbledon, while Murray, who became the first British man to win the tournament when he did so in 2013, is looking for his second.
Williams handled Victoria Azarenka, a former top-ranked player, in her Wimbledon quarterfinal on Tuesday, with Maria Sharapova the only player remaining between Williams and another appearance in a major final.
Serena won for the sixth time in her past seven matches against Venus, her older sister, and advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where she’ll face Victoria Azarenka to continue her Grand Slam pursuit.