WTA Tour

Injury forces 'old' Venus out of Auckland

2017-01-04 07:14
Venus Williams (Getty)

Auckland - Venus Williams pulled out of the Auckland Classic with an arm injury on Tuesday just hours after "feeling old" in overcoming unsung teenager Jade Lewis 7-6 (7/2), 6-2.

The world number 17 issued a brief statement saying she could not continue after winning her first-round match.

"I love this tournament and I'm really sad that I have to withdraw," said the American, who was ranked 1 082 places ahead of the 18-year-old New Zealand wildcard who was playing her first WTA match.

Tournament director Karl Budge said she felt pain through the match in her right arm.

Lewis, a niece of 1983 Wimbledon finalist Chris Lewis, had two chances to serve for the first set at 5-4 and 6-5. She also held set point.

But the 36-year-old Williams shrugged off the pressure to break twice, take the tie-break 7-2 and cruise through the second set.

"The first match of the year is never perfect," Williams said after the match.

"But I'm happy to be into the next round and playing another teenager. I'm just feeling old."

Venus, seeded two, had been scheduled to play Japan's Naomi Osaka, 19, later on Wednesday in her second-round match while her sister and number one seed Serena was due to face fellow American Madison Brengle.

Williams and Lewis were on serve at 2-2 in the first set Tuesday when rain forced the match to be held over. At the restart on Wednesday both players struggled to hold serve with six breaks in the first set.

The second set was more lop-sided although Lewis did manage one more service break when Williams was 5-1 up.

Read more on:    auckland classic  |  venus williams  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.