Venus Williams out of Key Biscayne

Updated: March 17, 2011, 6:16 PM ET
Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Venus Williams withdrew from the upcoming Sony Ericsson Open on Thursday, citing an abdominal injury that has sidelined her for nearly two months.

Williams is a three-time champion at the tournament, which begins Tuesday. She hasn't played since retiring because of the injury in the third round of the Australian Open on Jan. 21.

Her sister Serena is also missing from the field, having been out of action since winning Wimbledon for the fourth time in July. She ...

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