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Venus Williams withdraws from Madrid Open

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A back injury kept No. 21 Venus off the court, but her sister Serena moved on to the 2nd round in 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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