Venus Williams: Injury Forces Williams to Call It Quits In Third Round Clash
Venus Williams was forced to withdraw after seven points of her third-round match with Andrea Petkovic of Germany, after sustaining an injury to her psoas muscle, which helps to flex the hips and back.
The fifth-ranked star lunged for a shot by Petkovic, and cried out in pain, clutching her side. It soon became clear that Williams would not be continuing with the match.
This isn't Venus' first injury of the tournament, as she hurt her thigh against Sandra Zahlavova in her second-round match Wednesday.
On Friday, she had lost the first game of the match, and was down in the second when the injury struck, and her eyes appeared welled up with tears as she left Rod Laver Court.
"It's super disappointing because this is just not how I envisioned my Australian Open being," Venus Williams said, according to ESPN.com, "I'm just going to focus obviously on getting healthy and coming back, because I love tennis and I've got a lot of great tennis in me."
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