Venus Williams withdraws from US Open due to knee surgery

Venus Williams bows out in first round of women’s singles at US Open

After a career that included three Olympic golds, 11 world championships and 13 major titles, Venus Williams suffered an unexpected retirement late last month. But the 26-year-old mother of two is still enjoying life.

Venus Williams, the top-ranked American player at the end of 2009, announced on Friday that she would withdraw from the start of the first round of the US Open due to left knee surgery. Williams, who also played in two previous U.S. Opens, was competing at her fifth Grand Slam tournament in the last 18 months.

The American was seeded 31st in the women’s draw and will be attempting to get out of the opening round in a field of 23 at the Cincinnati Tennis Garden. Williams will play the third seed and defending US Open champion Victoria Azarenka.

Williams announced the news herself on Twitter.

I am so sorry and I wish things had turned out differently. It was a tough decision to come to this decision. I am not taking my time away from my family and having a life. I am so thankful for all my fans.

It was an emotional day as my son and I welcomed my newborn baby last week and had a wonderful Christmas.

I am thankful for all the people who have reached out, asked how I am doing and have been a driving force in my life.

I am honored for my accomplishments and am thankful for the love and support of my family. I am thankful for my family, too. I love and appreciate you.

It’s been a wild few months as I’ve had major knee surgery and I have had a lot of ups and downs. The good news is that I am doing much better! I’m going to be ready for US Open and I hope to compete in Cincinnati this year.

I plan to leave my career on a positive and exciting note. I

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