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Venus Williams withdraws from Wimbledon citing back injury

June 18, 2013 at 5:59 PM

WIMBLEDON, England, June 18 (UPI) -- Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams revealed Tuesday she has pulled out of this year's Grand Slam event.

Williams, writing on her Facebook page, said she made the decision to break her string of 16 consecutive Wimbledon appearances due to a back injury.

"Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in Wimbledon this year," she wrote. "I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved The Championships, but I need to take time to let my back heal."

The 33-year-old, who also has racked up three runner-up accolades at the All England Club, is along with her sister Serena Wimbledon's reigning doubles champion.

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