Serena Williams joins Miami Open absentees

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Serena Williams is the latest big name to pull out of this year's Miami Open, citing recent oral surgery.

Williams pulled out on Sunday in another blow to the prestigious event after Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer announced earlier that they would skip the tournament which begins on Tuesday.

Williams has won the event a record eight times, most recently in 2015.

"Miami is a special tournament for me because it's my home," she said in a statement.

"I am sad I won't be able to see the incredible fans this year, but I look forward to coming back soon."

Williams' most recent match was a month ago at the Australian Open, where she lost to Naomi Osaka in the semi-final.