Australian Open 2023: Venus Williams withdraws from Grand Slam tournament due to undisclosed injury

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Due to an unfortunate injury Venus Williams missed the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Australian Open announced on Saturday that Williams would withdraw from the 2023 event due to an undisclosed injury she sustained at a tournament in Auckland, New Zealand this week. He would have been the 42-year-old’s 22nd premiership at Melbourne Park.

As the 1,003-ranked player, Williams was heading into the Australian Open as a wild card entry. Kim Birrell herself from Australia will now take her place in the competition which is going to start on January 16th.

Williams, a two-time Australian Open runner-up, last played in the tournament in 2021. It was then that she suffered an ankle and knee injury in a second-round match against Sara Errani, starting a rather disturbing move. Williams eventually missed the 2021 US Open and the first three Grand Slam tournaments in 2022 due to injuries. She made an expected comeback at the 2022 US Open, but fell to Alison van Uytvanck in the first round.

This Australian Open would have been a great opportunity for Williams, as the player who beat her in the 2003 and 2017 finals has left the sport. That player is, of course, her sister Serena Williams, who announced her plans to retire last August but she later said the chances of her returning at some point are “very high.”

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