Venus Williams Joins Sister Serena Williams in Withdrawing From Australian Open 2022

Published 12/31/2021, 7:56 AM EST
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 30: Venus Williams of The United States of America reacts in her first round match against Jennifer Brady of The United States of America on day two of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at La Caja Magica on April 30, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)


American tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams have been two of the biggest names in the women’s game over the past two decades. Venus won her first Grand Slam title in 2000 and is still competing against the top players of the sport. 

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However, she has been on the sidelines for the past few months due to injury. Williams missed the US Open 2021 and recently updated fans that she will not be traveling to Australia for the first Grand Slam event of the season. 

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After Serena, Venus Williams pulls out of the Happy Slam  

A few weeks ago, Serena, who’s suffering from a hamstring injury, also withdrew from the Australian Open 2022. This is the first time since 1997 that the Australian Open will not witness the spectacular tennis of the Williams sisters. 

Over the years, Venus has never managed to win the Australian Open. However, she is a two-time finalist, 2003 and 2017, losing to her sister Serena on both occasions. Besides, she has been a semifinalist once and a quarterfinalist on six occasions.

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Reflecting on Williams’ 2021 season, she came as far as the second round of the Australian Open. After that, she crashed out from the opening round of the French Open. At the Wimbledon Championships, she lost in the second round to Tunisian star Ons Jabeur. 

She skipped the US Open due to an injury. However, there was much to cheer about with activities off the tennis courts. The movie King Richard received a great reception from audiences which was based on the lives of the Williams family, especially her father, Richard Williams.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

As the Australian Open is around the corner, fans are eager to witness their favorite players compete for the big title. The first Grand Slam event of the season begins on the 17th of January and will end on the 30th of January. We wish all players the best of luck. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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