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Fans Speculate Serena Williams' Participation In French Open 2018 After Italian Open Pullout

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| May 9 , 2018 , 17:52 IST

Former world no.1 women’s tennis player, Serena Williams has withdrawn from the next week’s Italian Open on Wednesday. This act has caused speculations causing fans and experts to believe her participation might also be in doubt for the upcoming French Open.

The 36-year-old, who has triumphed in Italy on four previous occasions, returned to action in March after the birth of her daughter last September but is yet to regain full fitness.

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The 23-times Grand Slam winner made her comeback at Indian Wells in March and has not played since her opening round defeat by Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the Miami Open.

She also lost a match against her elder sister in Venus Williams after making a comeback and has looked rusty.

Williams who historically won the 2017 Australia open while being pregnant, has been eyeing French Open as the marquee competition to resume her dominance at the top of the sporting world.

The Italian Open is held from 14 to 20 May, a week before the French Open main draw kicks off on 27 May.