Venus Williams withdraws from Miami with back injury

Williams is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion whose most recent major title came in 2008 at Wimbledon, where she is a five-time champion. She hopes to play again next month in Charleston, South Carolina.

updated: March 24, 2013 09:00 IST
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Miami, Florida: Three-time Miami champion Venus Williams withdrew from the WTA and ATP Masters Miami hardcourt tournament on Saturday with a lower back injury.

The US 19th seed was to have faced 16th-seeded compatriot Sloane Stephens in a third-round match at the $8.5 million event.

Williams had opened by defeating Japan's Kimiko Date-Krum 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-4 but said she could not be sure if the tough match played a role in forcing her out of the tournament.

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