Serena Williams’ French Open campaign in doubt after another withdrawal

Serena Williams of the U.S. grimaces after missing a return in the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain's Garbine Muguruza at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (File photo: AP)

Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Italian Open, the organizers said on Wednesday, casting doubts over her participation in the French Open beginning later this month.

The 36-year-old, who has triumphed in Italy on four previous occasions, returned to action in March after the birth of her daughter last September but is yet to regain full fitness.

The 23-times grand slam winner made her comeback at Indian Wells in March and has not played since her opening round defeat by Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the Miami Open.

“We are so sad to announce that Serena Williams, a four-time Champion in Rome, has withdrawn... Obviously we can’t wait to see her again on Foro Italico’s red clay, perhaps in 2019?,” the organizers said on Twitter.

The Italian Open is held from May 14 to 20, a week before the French Open main draw kicks off on May 27.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51