Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to an injury she suffered at the ASB Classic in New Zealand, tournament organizers announced via Twitter the Saturday.
The American received a wild card for what would have been her 22nd appearance at the Australian Open, 25 years after her tournament debut in 1998.
Williams’ withdrawal comes just days after winning her first tour-level singles match in a year and a half, beating fellow American Katie Volynets 7-6(4) 6-2 in the ASB first round Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 42-year-old then lost to China’s Zhu Lin 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the next round of the tournament.
She is a two-time runner-up at the Australian Open – in 2003 and 2017 and lost to her sister, Serena, on both occasions.
Now ranked outside the top 1000, Williams has won seven Grand Slams since her professional debut in 1994 and became the world No. 1 in singles and doubles.
Men’s world number one Carlos Alcaraz will also miss the Australian Open with a leg injury, he said on Friday.
The tournament would have been the 19-year-old’s first grand slam since winning the 2022 US Open in September and becoming the youngest world No. 1 in men’s tennis history.
Meanwhile, there are question marks over the fitness of women’s world No. 1 Iga Swiatek after she withdrew from the Adelaide International 2 tournament on Saturday with a right shoulder injury.