Venus Williams will miss Wimbledon after withdrawing due to a back injury which forced to pull out of the doubles at the French Open.

The five-time singles champion struggled with the problem during the clay-court season and complained of back problems after her first round defeat to Urszula Radwanska in the singles at Roland Garros.

Williams has not missed the tournament since her debut at Wimbledon in 1997. She has won the singles championship on five occasions, with the last one of these coming in 2008.

She is the current Wimbledon ladies doubles champion along with her sister Serena after they claimed their fifth doubles title last year.

Venus Williams has also won the singles in 2000, 01, 05 and 07 but she has become increasingly injury prone in recent times, as well as suffering with Sjogren's syndrome.

The 33-year-old had been enjoying a fairly successful season, having reached two semi-finals on the WTA Tour. She also climbed back up to 34 in the world rankings.

Wimbledon starts on Monday.


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