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Venus Williams to skip Wimbledon

Updated: June 19, 2013, 2:57 AM ET
Associated Press

After 16 consecutive years of always showing up at Wimbledon, winning five titles along the way, Venus Williams pulled out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament Tuesday, citing a lower back injury.

Williams, who turned 33 on Monday, never had missed Wimbledon since making her debut there in 1997, although she lost in the first round a year ago. She won the singles trophy -- it happens to be called the Venus Rosewater Dish -- in 2000-01, 2005 and 2007-08, to go with two more major championships ...

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