Serena, Venus Williams withdraw from China Open

Williams sisters pull out of China Open
© PA Photos
Serena Williams withdraws from this weekend's China Open due to illness while her sister Venus will sit out the tournament with a back injury.

American sisters Serena and Venus Williams will play no part in this year's China Open, organisers have confirmed.

Serena, who won Wimbledon, an Olympic gold medal and the US Open, is believed to be suffering from flu, while Venus is thought to have picked up a back injury, which has forced the duo out of the tournament just days before the opening round.

"We would have loved for Venus and Serena to play the China Open this year, but unfortunately players get injured and sick and are unable to compete," said tournament director Charles Hsiung.

"We hope that they both recover quickly and look forward to them returning to the National Tennis Stadium in 2013."

Meanwhile, Agnieszka Radwanska will attempt to defend her title in Beijing when the competition gets underway tomorrow.

Andy Murray
Read Next:
Rain to halt Murray match?
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand