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Venus Williams pulls out of Brisbane International, cites 'setback' in training

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Published : Jan 1, 2020, 5:32 pm IST
Updated : Jan 1, 2020, 5:32 pm IST

Williams was set to join world no one Ashleigh Barty in a strong field at the Queensland Tennis Centre from Jan. 6-12.

Venus Williams has pulled out of the upcoming Brisbane International after suffering a ‘setback’ in training, the former world number one said on Wednesday. (Photo:AFP)
 Venus Williams has pulled out of the upcoming Brisbane International after suffering a ‘setback’ in training, the former world number one said on Wednesday. (Photo:AFP)

Venus Williams has pulled out of the upcoming Brisbane International after suffering a ‘setback’ in training, the former world number one said on Wednesday.

Williams, 39, was set to join world number one Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka in a strong field at the Queensland Tennis Centre from Jan. 6-12 and the organisers said they would announce a wildcard to take her place in the draw.

 

“Unfortunately, I won’t be starting my season in Brisbane due to an unexpected setback during my training,” Venus, a seven-times Grand Slam winner who was handed a wildcard for the event, said in a statement.

“I look forward to being in Australia in the New Year and will see everyone at Adelaide.”

The Adelaide International begins on Jan. 13.

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