Flu struck-Serena Williams blows Madrid tourney wide open

Madrid: In the absence of world number one Serena Williams, who withdrew from the tournament yesterday after suffering with flu, a whole host of players will be targeting victory at the WTA Madrid Open.

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Williams has played just three tournaments all season, losing in the final of the Australian Open and at Indian Wells.
With the world's dominant player missing for so much of the season, 16 different women have already lifted WTA titles this year, with Sloane Stephens, Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber the only multiple winners.

That makes it hard to pick a winner for the tournament that starts this weekend, with Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska now the top seed, while five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is still in the wilderness after failing a drugs test at Melbourne Park in January.

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