Serena Williams Withdraws From Madrid, Her Third Pull-Out In 2016
by Tom Gainey | April 29th, 2016, 9:13 am

Flu has forced Serena Williams out of the Madrid Open on Friday. Serena made the semifinals last year when she lost to Petra Kvitova, and twice won the event.

“Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from Madrid because I’ve been battling the flu and I’m not at 100%. I look forward to returning soon,” Serena said.

The 34-year-old hasn’t won a title since Cincinnati last summer and she’s just 2-2 in her last two matches, losing in her last appearance to Svetlana Kuznetsova in Miami. She also withdrew from Doha and Dubai earlier this year, and also couldn’t finish the Hopman Cup exhibition.

Serena still has a commanding lead at No. 1, but will have 4,000 points to defend at the French and Wimbledon the next few months.

Agnieszka Radwanska will assume the top seed role. Defending champion Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka and Simona Halep are also in the draw.

Venus Williams also announced that she will not play Madrid.

Serena posted a photo yesterday on Instagram:


A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

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5 Comments for Serena Williams Withdraws From Madrid, Her Third Pull-Out In 2016

Wog Boy Says:

Looking at the picture, maybe I am out of date fashion wise, but it looks awkward (understatement) to wear that kind of sports shoes next to swimming pool and in swimming costume on the beautiful Spanish sunny day?

On the other note, is this is the end of Serena, the way this thread is written, it sounds like it.

jane Says:

Serena Williams since 2015 US Open

Beijing WD
WTA Finals WD
Hopman Cup RET/WD
AUS Open F
Dubai WD
Doha WD
Ind Wells F
Miami R16
Madrid WD

she’s definitely in a bit of a slump

Jun Says:

How is she “2-2 in her last two matches”?

Okiegal Says:

She is definitely getting older with each day…..could have something to do with it…..

Okiegal Says:

@Wog….You are out of date fashion wise….those are Nike’s latest creation……..she will be able to walk on water……lol!!

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