Injured Williams withdraws from Australian Open
Venus Williams withdrew in the second game of her third-round
match against Andrea Petkovic at the Australian Open on Friday
after appearing to aggravate a stomach injury.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner dropped serve in the opening
game and Petkovic was ahead 30-0 when Williams stretched to the
right to return service. She immediately cried out and clutched her
stomach on the right side.
Williams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin
Wednesday when she twisted for a volley in her second-round win
over Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic. Williams has never
before withdrawn due to injury during a Grand Slam match.