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Serena Williams withdraws from Qatar Open citing the flu

DOHA, Qatar -- Serena Williams has withdrawn from her second consecutive tournament, announcing Tuesday that she will miss next week's Qatar Open because of the flu.

The No.1-ranked Williams pulled out of this week's Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday, also citing illness.

In a news release from the Qatar Open, Williams said, "I have come down with the flu and do not feel 100 percent. I need to take this time to recover but I do look forward to returning to Doha and seeing my fans soon."

Williams last played in the Australian Open final, losing to Angelique Kerber.