Venus Williams out of Auckland tournament

Venus Williams has had to pull out of the ASB Classic with an arm injury after winning her first-round match.

Tournament director Karl Budge says the seven-time Grand Slam winner has a right arm injury and felt pain through her 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 victory over New Zealand wildcard Jade Lewis on Wednesday.

“She wasn’t able to serve as she would ordinarily like to and at the level we’ve come to expect from Venus and unfortunately that has taken her away from the tournament this year,” he said.

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