Venus Williams pulls out of Brisbane International after suffering ‘setback’ in training

  • Williams, 39, was set to join world number one Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka in a strong field at the Queensland Tennis Centre from 6-12 January

  • The Adelaide International begins on 13 January

  • The organisers said they would announce a wildcard to take her place in the draw.

Venus Williams has pulled out of the upcoming Brisbane International after suffering a ‘setback’ in training, the former World No 1 said on Wednesday.

Williams, 39, was set to join world number one Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka in a strong field at the Queensland Tennis Centre from 6-12 January and the organisers said they would announce a wildcard to take her place in the draw.

 Venus Williams pulls out of Brisbane International after suffering ‘setback’ in training

File image of Venus Williams. AP

“Unfortunately, I won’t be starting my season in Brisbane due to an unexpected setback during my training,” Venus, a seven-times Grand Slam winner who was handed a wildcard for the event, said in a statement.

“I look forward to being in Australia in the New Year and will see everyone at Adelaide.”

The Adelaide International begins on 13 January.

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Updated Date: Jan 01, 2020 11:13:18 IST