14 May 2011

Venus Williams out of French Open

5:16 pm on 14 May 2011

The seven-time grand slam tennis champion Venus Williams has pulled out of the French Open a day after her younger sister Serena also withdrew.

It'll be the first Grand Slam tournament since 2003 without at least one of the Americans.

The 30-year-old five-time Wimbledon champion Venus is still battling the abdominal injury that forced her to pull out of the Australian Open in January while a left knee injury limited her to just one tournament over the final six months of 2010.

Serena hasn't entered a tournament since winning her fourth Wimbledon singles championship in early July.

A few days later, she cut her foot on glass at a restaurant in Germany, an injury that led to two operations.