Williams out of Madrid Open with flu

Serena Williams

Serena Williams lost in three sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Miami Open in her last appearance on 28 March

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Madrid Open because of flu.

Agnieszka Radwanska takes over as top seed for the tournament, which starts on Saturday, while Williams is now due to start her clay-court season in Rome.

The 34-year-old world number one has only played four tournaments since August, failing to win any of them.

She lost in the US Open semi-finals in September, before defeats this year in the Australian Open and Indian Wells finals and a round four loss in Miami.

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