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Venus Williams withdraws from the Australian Open due to injury

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Venus Williams has pulled out of the 2019 Australian Open due to an injury she suffered during a warm-up match.

The Grand Slam, which starts on January 16, has given the 42-year-old a wildcard.

Williams suffered an injury at the ASB Classic in Auckland while getting ready for the Australian Open.

Iga Swiatek, the world’s top athlete, has raised questions about her fitness after pulling out of a competition the following week.

Swiatek, a 21-year-old player from Poland, will miss the Adelaide International 2 WTA 500 competition due to a right shoulder injury.

After losing to American Jessica Pegula in straight sets in the United Cup mixed teams competition in Sydney on Friday, three-time major champion Swiatek broke down in tears.

Williams, a seven-time singles Grand Slam champion, lost her wildcard match to Australian Kimberly Birrell, ranked 173 in the world.

After rolling her ankle at the ASB Classic on Thursday, it is uncertain if British number one Emma Raducanu will compete in the Australian Open.

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