(March 23, 2013) Venus Williams withdrew from the Sony Open with a lower back injury on Saturday. She was scheduled to play Sloane Stephens in the third round.
Williams said that on Friday she had some pain and wanted to see how she felt in the warmup.
“Just after my warmup. I just realized that I wasn’t going to be able to be competitive at all today,” she said.
“It’s really disappointing,” Williams said.
“This is just the kind of tournament that, you know, you want to play well at. But, you know, I have faced disappointments in my life and my career. It’s not the first; probably not the last.
“Just have to get through it and stay positive.”
Williams spoke about her upcoming schedule: “Well, I’m playing in Charleston, so that’s really still my goal, to get ready to play there.”
“That’s always a concern, but I have dealt with injuries before in my whole career,” she said in reference to her injury. “I feel like also I know how to hopefully recover quickly from them.”
Williams said that she’s available to play for the US in Fed Cup in Delray Beach the weekend of April 20-21 for the World Group Playoff tie versus Sweden.
“Yeah, I’m available,” she said. “Yes.”
With the withdrawal, Sloane Stephens will advance to the next round to play Miami defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.
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