Entertainment Sports Serena Williams Withdraws from Miami Open Due to Oral Surgery: 'I Look Forward to Coming Back Soon' The tennis star has won the Miami Open a record eight times, most recently in 2015 By Georgia Slater Georgia Slater Twitter Georgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 22, 2021 10:43 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Serena Williams will not be participating in this year's Miami Open following her recent oral surgery. On Sunday, the 23-time Grand Slam champion announced that she is withdrawing from the tournament, which starts March 24 and runs through April 4 in Florida. "I am disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open because of recent oral surgery," Williams said in a statement, according to the Miami Herald. "Miami is a special tournament for me because it's my home and I am sad I won't be able to see the incredible fans this year, but I look forward to coming back soon." Williams — who documented much of her dental issues on Instagram over the weekend — has won the Miami Open a record eight times, most recently in 2015. Naomi Osaka Defeats Serena Williams in the Australian Open Semifinals "We will certainly miss having Serena at this year's tournament and I know it was a very difficult decision for her," James Blake, the Miami Open tournament director said in a statement. "She has won the Miami Open more than any player in history, has a home here in South Florida, and is always a fan favorite. " Serena Williams. Cameron Spencer/Getty "We hope she is back on the court soon and look forward to welcoming her back here next year," he added. The tennis star's most recent tournament was the Australian Open, where she fell to Naomi Osaka in the women's singles semifinals. Cameron Spencer/Getty After taking the opening set 6-3, Osaka achieved her twentieth consecutive win when she beat Williams 6-3, 6-4. Williams, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is the fourth headliner to withdraw from the Miami tournament. Andy Murray Gets Wildcard Entry to Miami Open: 'I Want to Get Back Playing a Sport I Love' Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic previously announced they would be skipping the event. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. According to the Miami Herald, Nadal and Federer are both injured while Djokovic cited COVID-19 restrictions as his reason for not participating in the competition. The Miami Open is open to a limited number of fans this year. Fans can find ticket availability at MiamiOpen.com, or catch all the action from home, live on Tennis Channel. Check your local listings for details.