sport news Two-time winner Serena Williams withdraws from the Madrid Open

Madrid Open organisers have confirmed Serena Williams' withdrawal The 23-time Grand Slam champion is hoping to be ready for the French Open Williams has played only two events since returning to the WTA Tour in March

By Aditi Prakash, Reuters

Published: 13:47 BST, 3 May 2018 | Updated: 13:47 BST, 3 May 2018

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Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Madrid Open as she continues to regain full fitness ahead of the French Open later this month, the tournament's organisers said on Thursday. 

The 36-year-old, who won the Madrid Open in 2012 and 2013, returned to the WTA tour in March after giving birth to her first child last September. 

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam

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