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Serena Williams Withdraws From Miami Open

23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open after having an oral surgery.

Williams joins the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem in missing the tournament which starts on Monday.

Williams, who lives in Florida, said in a statement: “Miami is a special tournament for me because it’s my home.

“I am sad I won’t be able to see the incredible fans this year, but I look forward to coming back soon.”

Serena Williams was defeated by eventual champion Naomi Osaka in the Australia Open last month.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray – who has fallen to No 118 in the rankings after long injury lay-offs because of hip surgeries – has been given a wild card for the event.

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