Venus withdraws from Australian Open
Venus Williams has withdrawn from next week's Australian Open. She announced her decision on her web site.
"I regret to announce that I am withdrawing from the 2012 Australian Open. After several months of training and treatment, I am making steady progress to top competitive form. My diet and fitness regimen have allowed me to make great strides in terms of my health and I am very close to being ready to return to WTA competition. I have every intention to return to the circuit in February."
Venus also withdrew from her second-round match at her last tournament, the 2011 U.S. Open, saying that she had been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome.
A source told that the 31-year-old Williams is in good shape, but that she wants to make sure that she's 100 percent healthy before returning. Venus hopes to play the United States' Fed Cup tie against Belarus in early February in Worcester, Mass.