| || MELBOURNE, Australia -- Venus Williams became the second
leading American in two days to withdraw from next week's
Australian Open when she notified organizers Wednesday that she was
pulling out with tendinitis in her left wrist.
Monica Seles, a four-time champion, withdrew Tuesday saying she
was still not ready to play after a foot injury suffered last
Williams was replaced as the No. 3 seed in the women's draw by
her younger sister, Serena, winner at last year's U.S. Open.
"I'm really sad to miss the first Grand Slam because I've been
working really had and I was really looking forward to playing,"
Venus Williams said.
Serena Williams is seeded behind Martina Hingis, a three-time
winner at the Australian Open, and American Lindsay Davenport,
who're both competing this week at the adidas International at
Sydney's new Olympic venue.
|Venus Williams was replaced as the No. 3 seed in the women's draw by her younger sister, Serena.|| |
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