Tennis Champion Serena Williams pulls out of Italian Open

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Serena Williams former world champion has pulled out of next week’s Italian Open in Rome. Organisers confirmed.

The tennis champion made her comeback in February, six months after giving birth to baby Olympia, when she competed at Indian Wells and Miami but has admitted she is struggling to get fully fit.

A statement on the tournament’s Twitter feed read: “We are so sad to announce that @serenawilliams, a 4-time Champion in Rome, has withdrawn from #ibi18.

“Obviously we can’t wait to see her again on Foro Italico’s red clay, perhaps in 2019?”

The sitting out from the Italian Open puts her participation in the French Open, which kicks off May 27, in doubt.

Serena has won the Italian Open 4 times and has not played on clay since Roland Garros in 2016.

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