Venus withdraws from French Open

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MIAMI - Venus Williams has joined her sister Serena by withdrawing from the French Open, leaving the upcoming Grand Slam event without two marquee names.

Friday's announcement came one day after Serena withdrew from the tournament because of a series of health issues. This will mark the third straight Grand Slam event that Serena will miss.

As for Venus, she has played in just three matches this year, losing in the third round to Andrea Petkovic at the Australian Open. That and the U.S. Open have been the only tournaments she has played in since Wimbledon 2010. Venus has been limited due to injuries and pulled out of her Aussie Open match against Petkovic due to a hip problem.

The siblings have a combined 20 Grand Slam titles, including 13 for Serena, who captured her lone French Open title in 2002 by beating her older sister in the final.

The 29-year-old Serena hasn't played a WTA match since capturing a fourth Wimbledon title last July. She was sidelined for several months after having surgeries on her foot, which she cut on some broken glass at a German restaurant last summer.

In addition to a pair of surgeries on the foot, the former world No. 1 and currently 17th-ranked Serena was hospitalized earlier this year due to blood clots in her lung.

The 2011 French Open will begin May 22 in Paris.


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