Serena Williams said she will not compete at this week’s Miami Open as the 23-time Grand Slam champion is recovering from oral surgery.
Serena Williams. (Reuters Photo)
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Serena Williams was the latest high-profile player to pull out of the Miami Open, saying she took the decision in order to concentrate on her recovery from recent oral surgery. World no. 7 is the highest-ranked player who has withdrawn from Miami so far, following Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic on the list of the most notable missing players.
The 39-year-old Florida resident has won the Miami Open a record eight times and joins several other big names in missing the event including Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.
“I am disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open because of recent oral surgery,” Williams said in a statement.
“Miami is a special tournament for me because it’s my home and I am sad I won’t be able to see the incredible fans this year, but I look forward to coming back soon.”
“We will certainly miss having Serena at this year’s tournament, and I know it was a very difficult decision for her. She has won the Miami Open more than any player in history, has a home here in South Florida, and is always a fan favorite.
We hope she is back on the court soon and look forward to welcoming her back here next year,” tournament director James Blake said.
Williams fell to eventual champion Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals of the Australian Open last month.