Venus Williams skips Australian Open due to illness

Venus Williams of the United States, the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, announced her withdrawal from the Australian Open on Monday.

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Venus and Serena out of Wimbledon

What a day at Wimbledon! Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, the first time in five years that neither sister will play in the quarterfinals at the All England Club.

The first matches of the second week of the grass-court Grand Slam said goodbye to world No.1 and top seed Caroline Wozniacki, twice-defending champion Serena Williams and five-time champion Venus Williams.

Defending champion and four-time winner Serena was the first to go, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (6) by Marion Bartoli of France, cutting short the American's return to Grand Slam tennis after nearly a year out with serious health problems.

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Older sister and five-time champion Venus was ousted 6-2, 6-3 by Tsvetana Pironkova — the exact same score of the Bulgarian's win in last year's quarterfinals. Read more »

Venus overcomes Date-Krum to 3rd round at Wimbledon

Five-time champion Venus Williams relied on her big serve at the key moments defeat Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-7 (6), 6-3, 8-6 and reach the third round at Wimbledon, Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

With rain delaying play on the other courts at the All England Club, Williams and the 40-year-old Japan's Date-Krumm produced great shotmaking under the sliding roof.

venus williams in action during the match against Kimiko Date-krumm at Wimbledon

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Serena moved up to No. 8 seed at Wimbledon, Venus No. 24

Serena Williams was seeded No. 8 and her sister Venus No. 24 in Wimbledon seedings released by the All England Club on Wednesday. The selection committee at the All England Club used the balance draw exception to move the sisters up from their current ranks of No. 26 and No. 33, respectively. All the other seeds followed this week's rankings. Did the committee make the right decision?

Yes and it was the rare judgment call that will satisfy everybody. Serena is the two-time defending champion and deserved a corresponding seed that protected her from playing top seeds early. Venus has won five Wimbledon titles in her career. Though her game has slipped of late, her past rightfully earned her a minor bump. You could even make the argument that Venus deserves to be higher.

Serena Williams was seeded No. 8

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