Posted: Sun May 5, 2013 6:47PM; Updated: Sun May 5, 2013 6:47PM

Venus Williams withdraws from Madrid Open

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A back injury kept Venus, who's now ranked No. 21, off the court, but her sister Serena moved on to the 2nd round in Madrid.
A back injury kept No. 21 Venus off the court, but her sister Serena moved on to the 2nd round in Madrid.
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MADRID -- Former world number one Venus Williams has been forced to withdraw from the Madrid Open due to a back problem, organizers said on Sunday.

The 32-year-old American, now ranked 21, was due to play her first-round match against Spanish wild card Anabel Medina Garrigues on the clay at the premier event on Sunday.

She will be replaced in the draw by 56th-ranked Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland.

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