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Surgery forces Serena William out of Miami Open

Serena Williams has become the latest Grand Slam champion to withdraw from the Miami Open, joining Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Williams pulled out of the tournament on Sunday, citing recent oral surgery, per Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald.

EditPro | Lagos Metropolitan newspaper Serena Williams pulled out of the tournament on Sunday. Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

The 39-year-old has won the event a record eight times, with her most recent victory coming in 2015. 

Williams, a native of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, last played one month ago at the Australian Open, where she lost to Naomi Osaka in the semifinals. 


Williams is one of the most accomplished tennis players of all time, winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles. She holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles combined among active players. 

The Miami Open begins on March 22 and concludes April 4. (Yard Barker)

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