Serena Williams clay debut will have to wait. The former No. 1 was scheduled to play in Madrid next week but the tournament has announced the 2-time champion has withdrawn to allow for more training for the French.
“We regret the absence of Serena and we wish her a speedy recovery,” tournament director Manolo Santana said. “She is one of the great champions of our sport, she has always offered a show to the tournament and we hope to see her again at the Caja Magica in the future.”
Since returning from giving birth last fall, the 36-year-old Serena is just 2-2. She is not scheduled to play in Rome either, so her next event will likely be the French Open.
Serena’s last clay match was a loss to Garbine Muguruza in the 2016 French Open final.
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