MIAMI (AP) — Serena Williams is the latest Grand Slam champion to withdraw from the Miami Open.
Williams pulled out Sunday, citing recent oral surgery. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer announced earlier they would skip the tournament, which begins Tuesday.READ MORE: Taste Of The Town: Chefs Jose Mendin And Santo Agnello Open Italian Eatery Casa Isola
Williams, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has won the event a record eight times, most recently in 2015.READ MORE: Missing California Tourist Angela Morrisey Found In Medley
“Miami is a special tournament for me because it’s my home,” she said in a statement. “I am sad I won’t be able to see the incredible fans this year, but I look forward to coming back soon.”
Williams’ most recent match was a month ago at the Australian Open, where she lost to Naomi Osaka in the semifinals.MORE NEWS: Zoo Miami Helps Discover A Brand New Spider Species In Miami
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