Venus Williams withdraws in 3rd round

Updated: January 21, 2011, 12:59 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Clutching her side and crying out in pain, Venus Williams lasted just seven points Friday in her third-round match Friday at the Australian Open and withdrew from a Grand Slam singles match for the first time in her career.

After losing the first game of her third-round match to Germany's Andrea Petkovic and trailing in the second, Williams stretched to her right to return a serve. She hit the ball, then reached toward the right side of her stomach. It was ...

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