Tennis: Venus pulls out of Madrid with back problem

Reuters, Sunday 5 May 2013

Venus Williams withdraw from Madrid Open because of back injury

Venus Williams
Venus Williams of the U.S (Photo: Reuters)

Former world number one Venus Williams has been forced to withdraw from the Madrid Open due to a back problem, organizers said on Sunday.

The 32-year-old American, now ranked 21, was due to play her first-round match against Spanish wild card Anabel Medina Garrigues on the clay at the premier event on Sunday.

She will be replaced in the draw by 56th-ranked Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland.

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