Madrid Open: Serena Williams withdraws from Madrid Open with flu

The 34-year-old world number one has only played four tournaments since August, failing to win any of them.

Updated: Apr 29, 2016, 18:20 PM IST
Madrid Open: Serena Williams withdraws from Madrid Open with flu

New Delhi: Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Madrid Open because of flu, the organisers said on Friday.

"Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from Madrid because I've been battling the flu and I'm not at 100 percent. I look forward to returning soon," Williams said in a statement.

Agnieszka Radwanska takes over as top seed for the tournament, which starts on Saturday, while Williams is now due to start her clay-court season in Rome.

The 34-year-old world number one has only played four tournaments since August, failing to win any of them.

She lost in the US Open semi-finals in September, before defeats this year in the Australian Open and Indian Wells finals and a round-four loss in Miami.