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Venus Williams withdraws from ASB Classic with arm injury

Venus Williams withdraws from ASB Classic with arm injury

Williams, 35, described the conditions as "probably my least favourite" she had played in during her career. Again my opponent played in the exact same conditions.

So when she got the board with her first service game, "I was like, "I can relax and enjoy it". "I really abhorred these conditions".

With both players able to hold their serves from there, a second-set tiebreak ensued, with Williams jumping out to an early lead and never looking back, eventually converting her sixth set point of the contest to force a decider.

Playing her first tournament since the US Open due to persistent shoulder issues, American star Williams was up and running against Pauline Parmentier on Tuesday.

Willilams is trying to be optimistic. "This is nearly not a great opportunity to assess your game to be honest".

Second-seed Venus chose to quit after suffering a sore right arm during her struggle to a 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 first-round victory over 18-year-old New Zealander Jade Lewis playing in her first WTA tournament.

There were signs of frustration from Williams as the wind picked up and she struggled to put her first serve in play. With a win, Williams would break her current tie with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era.

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"I felt good [after the second set], but I never got in my rhythm, I didn't hit any returns in the vicinity of the court".

Serena Williams entered the ASB Tennis Classic in Auckland as a tune-up for the upcoming Australian Open, and apparently she needed it.

No. 19 Caroline Wozniacki also made a brief but impressive performance on center court Tuesday, beating American Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-0 in just 50 minutes.

Brengle remained steadfast throughout, taking care to focus on each and every point. It was hard conditions with the wind.

"At least I can get out of these conditions so I can get somewhere better, and warmer weather too", she said in a brief post-match press conference.

Top seeded Serena blamed the wind for a string of unforced errors in her first event after a four-month layoff as she was sent packing 6-4, 6-7 (7/3), 6-4 in a two-hour, 14-minute arm wrestle with world no. 72 Madison Brengle.


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