Tennis - Serena pulls out of Madrid Open with flu

Serena Williams of the US shouts during her women's singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber on day thirteen of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 30, 2016. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (AFP Photo/WILLIAM WEST)
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- World number one Serena Williams has pulled out of the Madrid Open, which begins this weekend, with flu, organisers announced. "Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from Madrid because I've been battling the flu and I'm not at 100 percent. I look forward to returning soon," said Williams in a statement released by organisers. The 21-time Grand Slam champion, 34, is a two-time winner in Madrid having triumphed in the Spanish capital in 2012 and 2013. Last year she reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual winner Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic.

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