Venus Williams has announced that she will not be competing at the 2023 Australian Open, despite previously receiving a wild-card.
This comes as a surprise to many, as Williams had shown promising form in her recent match in Auckland. The seven-time Grand Slam champion has had a tumultuous career, dealing with injuries and a diagnosis of Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects the body's moisture-producing glands.
Despite these setbacks, Williams has always been a fan favorite and her absence will surely be felt at the Australian Open. Now, the American faced another injury, which she picked up at the 2023 ASB Classic, where she competed before heading to Melbourne.
Williams' withdrawal is a disappointment for fans and for the tournament itself, as she always brings a level of excitement and unpredictability to the court. We wish Venus Williams a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the court soon.