Serena Williams has pulled out of the Madrid WTA tournament because of high fever, organisers said Thursday. “Unfortunately I experienced to take out of Madrid because I experienced a fever and I don’t feel 100 percent,” the official Mutua Madrid Open site quoted Williams as saying. The 36-year-old 23-time Grand Slam winner made a decision shortly before the main draw.
The tennis superstar made her comeback from childbirth in March at Indian Wells and Miami but has admitted struggling to get fully fit.
Williams may make a return at Rome May 13-20 prior to the French Open in Paris May 27-June 10.
Astonishingly, Serena won the Australian Open while pregnant and returned in February alongside her sister Venus in a US Fed Cup first-round tie. She lost to Venus in the 3rd round at Indian Wells and to Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Miami.