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Venus Williams joins Serena as the next star to withdraw from the US Open

Two-time US Open champion Venus Williams has joined her sister Serena in becoming the next star to announce her withdrawal from the upcoming US Open. 

The 41-year-old, who possesses a 3-8 record on tour so far this year and finds herself 147th in the WTA rankings, pulled out of the event due to a persistent leg injury.

Venus’ announcement comes less than 24 hours after her younger sister and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena withdrew from the year’s final Grand Slam event due to a torn hamstring.

“It’s super, super, super disappointing,” Williams said, in a video which she posted to her Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“I’m having some issues with my leg all this summer, and just couldn’t work through it. I tried my best here in Chicago [at the WTA 250 Chicago Women’s Open], but I just was unable to figure out the equation.

“There’s been so many times where I’ve been able to figure it out, even not in the best of my health, but this time, I just couldn’t make any miracles work.”

Venus Williams made her breakthrough at the US Open in 1997, racing to the final as an unseeded 17-year-old before winning the title three years later. The seven time Major winner then defended her crown the following year.

“I’m going to miss the Open,” said the former world number one. “It’s my favourite Slam. I’ve had so many amazing memories there, and I can’t wait to get back out on the court, whenever that is. I’ll work with my team to make it as soon as I can.”

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