Serena Williams has withdrawn from subsequent week’s Madrid Open, citing the necessity to spend extra time coaching earlier than returning to aggressive motion.
A 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, Williams, 36, made her comeback earlier this yr after the start of her first youngster in September.
Nevertheless, after reaching the final 32 in Indian Wells and making a primary-spherical exit from the Miami Open in March, she has not performed in a WTA occasion.
She was set to compete within the Spanish capital in an occasion she has gained twice, however her withdrawal was confirmed Thursday.
A press release on the event’s official web site learn: “Serena Williams won’t contest the Mutua Madrid Open 2018, [due to] needing a larger load of coaching to return to competitors.
“The American has tried till the final minute to be able to reappear on the clay of the Caja Magica.”
Sadly, our two-time champion @serenawilliams withdrew from the #MMOPEN.
We want you all the most effective! Hope to see you quickly on the #CajaMágica!
— Mutua Madrid Open (@MutuaMadridOpen) Might three, 2018
“We remorse the absence of Serena and we want her a speedy restoration,” event director Manolo Santana stated.
“She is among the nice champions of our sport, she has all the time provided a present to the event and we hope to see her once more on the Caja Magica sooner or later.”