Venus Williams pulls out of Australian Open

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Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will not feature in this month’s Australian Open due to injury, the organisers of the season’s first Grand Slam said on Saturday.

American Tennis player Venus Williams will not take part in the Australian Open this year after she suffered injury.

Williams was set to play her 22nd Australian Open after being awarded a wildcard to the tournament, which runs January 16 to 29.

The 42-year-old American, twice a finalist at Melbourne Park who is now ranked outside the top 1,000, was preparing for the tournament at the Auckland Classic where she got injured.

“Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to an injury sustained at the ASB Classic in New Zealand,” the Australian Open said in a tweet.

Williams crashed out of the US Open in the first round with a loss to unseeded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck and only returned to action in Auckland, where she downed compatriot Katie Volynets before losing to China’s Zhu Lin.

Australia’s Kimberly Birrell was awarded her wildcard place.

 

 

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