Venus ‘setback’ means Brisbane misses out
VENUS Williams has pulled out of the Brisbane International.
The American veteran, a winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles, said she suffered a training "setback".
"Unfortunately I will not be starting my season in Brisbane due to an unexpected setback during my training," Williams said
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"I look forward to being in Australia in the new year and will see everyone in Adelaide (for the Adelaide International)."
Williams, who had been given a wildcard, was due to arrive in Brisbane on Thursday morning.
BI organisers will announce a replacement for Williams on Thursday.
The tournament starts on Monday at the Queensland Tennis Centre.