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:
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