APNewsBreak: Venus Williams out of French Open

May 13, 2011 - 5:45 PM

Venus Williams has withdrawn from the French Open, one day after her younger sister Serena did.

Venus' agent, Carlos Fleming, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that the seven-time Grand Slam champion notified tournament organizers Friday she wouldn't compete at Roland Garros, where play starts May 22.

The 30-year-old American has been off the tour since January, when she stopped playing only minutes into a match in the third round of the Australian Open because of a hip injury. A left knee injury limited her to just one tournament over the final six months of 2010.

Serena pulled out of the French Open on Thursday. She hasn't entered a tournament since early July, sidelined by two foot operations and blood clots in her lung.