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Venus Williams Withdraws From 2011 Australian Open

The Americans are out on the women's side of the Australian Open. American Venus Williams was forced to retire from her third-round due to a hip injury she suffered in her win over Sandra Zahlavova. 


The match lasted just seven points as Andrea Petkovic advanced to the fourth-round with Williams deciding to withdraw due to her injury. Petkovic will face Maria Sharapova in the fourth-round. The possible Williams/Sharapova match had been anticipated by many tennis fans, but alas, the injury to Williams will not allow her to continue playing in the Australian Open.


Williams has never won the Australian Open. Her best finish was in 2003 when she advanced to the finals before losing to her sister, Serena Williams,  7-6, 3-6, 6-4. Venus does boast seven Grand Slam titles - five of which are Wimbledon titles - and seven runner-ups. Venus' last Grand Slam final appearance came in 2009 at Wimbledon when she lost - again - to her sister Serena. 


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