Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28: Serena Williams of the United States of America plays a backhand in her semifinal match against Na Li of China during day eleven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
China Open organizers say top-ranked Serena Wiliams has withdrawn from the tournament with illness. The tournament's official Chinese-language microblog posted a message late Thursday saying: ''This is regrettable news and we hope Serena Williams will get well soon.'' Her place in the tournament, which starts on Saturday in Beijing, will be Switzerland's Romina Oprandi. Williams' own Twitter account carried a short message saying ''Flu no fun,'' but made no mention of the China Open. Williams also missed last year's tournament with an injury.
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