Tennis: Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open

There is doubt over if Serena Williams will be at the Roland Garros []

There is doubt over if Serena Williams will be at the Roland Garros

United State Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open starting next week in Rome between May 14 to May 20, making it the second successive event the former world No 1 has pulled out of within just five days having also earlier withdrawing from the WTA event in Madrid this week.

The younger Williams returned to competitive action in March this year six months after giving birth to her first baby Olympia, and reached the third round at Indian Wells, where she was beaten by her older sister Venus, before falling in the first round of the Miami Open to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.

The 36-year-old chose to focus on training following tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami as she attempted to return to top shape.

Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open

A statement written on the tournament’s Twitter page reads: “We are so sad to announce that Serena Williams, a four-time Champion in Rome, has withdrawn from £ibi18. Obviously we can’t wait to see her again on Foro Italico’s red clay, perhaps in 2019?”

Many of her fans have been expecting to see her back in full action on clay next week as the 23-time Grand Slam champion has not played a single match on clay since her feat at the final at Roland Garros in 2016, but the wait now look to be further extended.

This latest withdrawal will now raise doubts over Serena’s ability to be present and play at the French Open later this month starting on May 27 which looks very unlikely.

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