Venus Williams: Sister Follows Serena Williams' in Withdrawing from French Open
Venus Williams Joins Sister Serena Williams in Withdrawing from French Open
I can only imagine that the 2011 Wimbledon tournament is what caused Venus Williams to withdraw from play at the French Open.
ESPN reports that Venus Williams has pulled out of the French Open. This comes a day after her sister did the same. This will be the first time since 2003 that the tournament will be without either Williams sister.
Williams had been hobbled by a hip injury. It was that injury that had her withdraw from the Australian Open in January. That was after a 2010 that saw her play in limited matches because of knee issues.
There is no word on the severity, or the specific injury that had Williams take her name out of the French Open hat. If it is indeed a minor flare up of the hip or knee, I have to think that thoughts of Wimbledon were on her mind.
Both sisters have eyes on the big prize. With only a couple of months remaining until Wimbledon, they may need more time to make sure their string of injuries is well behind them.
Serena had just started practicing last month after missing last year due to a foot injury. That injury later developed into a serious blood clot.
There is no word on when Serena will make her triumphant return to the tennis court. Venus will most likely get a chance to tune-up ahead of Wimbledon at an Eastbourne, England tournament that begins June 11. Wimbledon is nine days later on June 20th.
I hope for a speedy and full recovery from both sisters. As they head into their thirties, there is not much play left in those legs. Tennis is surely more exciting with them. We should savor every last minute they have left in this game.
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