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Jan
12

Venus pulls out of the Aussie Open with continued bad health problems.

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Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of 2012 which is due to get under way next week in Melbourne. The 31-year-old American made the announcement on Twitter and her website on Monday evening. She has not played competitively since pulling out of the US Open on August 31 after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.

“I regret to announce that I am withdrawing from the 2012 Australian Open,” said the seven-time Grand Slam title winner. “After several months of training and treatment, I am making steady progress to top competitive form. “My diet and fitness regimen have allowed me to make great strides in terms of my health and I am very close to being ready to return to WTA competition. I have every intention to return to the circuit in February.”  

Although Williams, who is currently 100th in the rankings, has not played competitively since August, she did play some exhibition matches at the end of last year.

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