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Venus' future shrouded in doubt

Updated: September 1, 2011, 1:08 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Two days ago, it looked as though Venus Williams had been reborn at age 31. Now, we are left to wonder whether she'll be a major factor again in women's tennis.

Less than an hour before Wednesday's second-round match against Wimbledon semifinalist Sabine Lisicki -- the most anticipated match of this young tournament -- it was announced that Williams was withdrawing because of an unspecified illness.

A while later, that illness was specified in a stunning ...

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