Venus Williams Injury: Updates on Tennis Star's Leg and Return

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13:  Venus Williams of the United States plays a forehand in her first round match against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during day one of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Venus Williams was forced to withdraw from the women's doubles draw at the 2014 Australian Open after suffering a leg injury, according to BBC Sport on Twitter:

Williams was bounced from the women's singles draw on Day 1 at Melbourne Park, but was eyeing a fifth Aussie Open doubles title alongside younger sister Serena. The dominant duo had been absent from the doubles competition over the previous two years, but returned to the draw in 2014.

It remains to be seen how severe Williams' injury is and how long it could sideline her. However, at age 33, you have to wonder how much the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion has left in the tank.

After all, Williams hasn't been past the fourth round at a major tournament since 2010 and revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome in 2011, an autoimmune disorder that results in fatigue and muscle pain. 

Williams is currently the 37th-ranked player on the WTA tour.