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Venus Williams pulls out of Brisbane International

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Venus Williams pulled out of the season-opening Brisbane International on Wednesday after a “setback” during practice.

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The American veteran said she still hoped to play at the Adelaide International later this month ahead of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.

“Unfortunately I will not be starting my season in Brisbane due to an unexpected setback during my training,” the 39-year-old seven-time major winner said in a statement.

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“I look forward to being in Australia in the new year and will see everyone in Adelaide.”

The tournament, featuring a strong field including world number one Ashleigh Barty and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, gets underway on January 6.

Organisers will announce a replacement for Williams on Thursday.

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