Following her withdrawal from this week’s Dubai tournament, Serena Williams will also miss next week’s stop in Doha for the same reason.
“I unfortunately have to withdraw from the Qatar Total Open as I have come down with the flu and do not feel 100 percent,” the 34-year-old Serena said in a statement. ‘I need to take this time to recover but I do look forward to returning to Doha and seeing my fans soon.”
After losing in the US Open semifinals last September, Serena didn’t play again. And she’s following a similar path thus far of pulling out following a Grand Slam setback.
Serena (and sister Venus) is still expected to appear at Indian Wells and then Miami next month. She didn’t play Dubai or Doha last year either.
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