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Venus pulls out of Madrid Open

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MADRID (AP)

Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Madrid Open due to back problems.

The American player was set to open the tournament on Sunday.

Her sister, top-ranked Serena Williams, will begin her tournament against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan later.

Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele will take Venus' place in the first round against Anabel Medina of Spain.

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