Posted: Fri January 25, 2013 1:25PM; Updated: Fri January 25, 2013 1:25PM

Injured Venus Williams out of Paris, Fed Cup

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
Venus Williams out of Fed Cup injured
Venus Williams was bounced from the Australian Open by Maria Sharapova in the third round.
Dita Alangkara/AP

PARIS (AP) -- Venus Williams has pulled out of next week's Open GDF Suez tournament and the upcoming Fed Cup against Italy because of a back injury.

The 26th-ranked Williams said in a statement Friday that she had hoped to take part in the WTA tournament in order to improve her ranking, but that "unfortunately I have a pain in my back which obliges me to rest and so to miss the Parisian event as well as the Fed Cup the week after.''

Williams lost in straight sets to Maria Sharapova in the third round of the Australian Open. She also lost in the quarterfinals of the doubles alongside sister Serena.

Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone has been given a wild-card entry by organizers as a replacement.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Videos
Videos from the Web
 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs NFL schedule LaMarcus Aldridge Michael Pineda Phil Jackson Tiger Woods
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint