Venus Williams bows out in first round of women’s singles at US Open
Venus Williams has bowed out of the first round at the US Open after six-weeks battling back-to-back hip injuries.
The 32-year-old American defeated 17-year-old American Madison Keys, 6- and 3-7, in straight sets in round two.
The 36-year-old American will skip the rest of the tournament, when she will play Ana Ivanovic or Yaroslava Shvedova.
Williams last played at the Open in 2011, when she was beaten by Maria Sharapova.
Williams was playing before a sold-out Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd of 30,000 people earlier in the day before her injury woes began.
She was knocked on her back just before the start of the fifth set and went to the back of the court, losing her serve.
Two hours later, Williams had surgery to repair a bone fracture in her right hip.
Williams then underwent a second surgery to repair a cyst caused by a blood clot in her abdomen.
She was later told that the cyst was too large and could not be removed.
Williams went on to play her remaining 11 matches and lost all her matches by a set or fewer.
She now faces Ivanovic, who also was playing in her first Grand Slam final; and Shvedova in round four.
Williams will have the last laugh at the US Open, as she reached the final of the Australian Open last year
Venus Williams has gone through several back-to-back hip injuries, now she needs a big result on Saturday to help her bid to take the number one ranking.
Williams has had the hip injury problems for the last six months, and now she will have a chance to win the final Grand Slam title.
After breaking down in the final of the Australian Open last year and dropping out in the quarter-finals, this is to be Williams last chance to do so.
Venus Williams can now afford