After the men’s draw was hit hard with withdrawals, the exodus from the Miami women’s field has begun. Today, 8-time tournament champion and nearly resident Serena Williams withdrew after undergoing oral surgery.
“I’m disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open because of recent oral surgery,” Serena said. “Miami is a special tournament for me because it’s my home. I am sad I won’t be able to see the incredible fans this year, but I look forward to coming back soon.”
Serena is the first big name on the women’s side to pull out from the event which has reduced its prize money and has created a bubble requiring players to stay within it.
While the men’s have little else to play for in the U.S., the women’s do have two events in Charleston to play after Miami.
As of now, Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep are expected in Florida.
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