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Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open

2016 US Open - Day 11

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States reacts against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during her Women’s Singles Semifinal Match on Day Eleven of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)

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ROME (AP) Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Italian Open, saying she needs more time to be “100 percent ready to compete.”

The tournament made the announcement via Twitter.

Williams returned to the tour briefly this year after a 14-month absence to give birth to her daughter.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion also withdrew from this week’s Madrid Open and sitting out Rome puts her status for the French Open, which starts May 27, in doubt.

Williams, a four-time Italian Open champion, has not played since her a first-round loss to Naomi Osaka in March at the Miami Open.

Catherine Bellis takes Williams’ place in the Rome draw.