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Venus Williams withdraws from Australian Open

Sep 1, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Venus Williams of the United States reacts against Karolina Muchova of Russia on day two of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams withdrew from the Australian Open with an undisclosed injury.

Williams, 42, sustained the injury this week at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.

After defeating Katie Volynets in the first round in Auckland for her first win since Wimbledon in 2021, Williams lost in three sets to China’s Zhu Lin.

Williams is a two-time finalist at the Australian Open (2003, 2017), which begins Jan. 16.

The tournament announced her withdrawal on Saturday but did not provide a specific injury.

–Field Level Media