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Season over for Venus Williams

October 6, 2010 | 12:36 pm

Venus_400 The left knee injury that has prevented Venus Williams from playing during most of the last several months will keep her from playing the rest of the year, the seven-time Grand Slam champion said in a statement released to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Williams, who has not played since losing to Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open semifinals Sept. 10, said she will be unable to play in the WTA Tour Championships later this month and the Fed Cup final in November.

“I have been getting treatment and therapy on my knee and have been making progress, but unfortunately must continue to keep weight off my knee for the short term and won't be ready to return to competition in 2010,” Williams said. “I am looking forward to returning to full health in time for the start of 2011 season and hopefully having the opportunity to play in both the Fed Cup and WTA Championships next year.”

Williams, who is No. 3 in the WTA rankings, was 38-7 with two titles in singles and 18-1 with three titles in doubles this season. After losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in June, she did not play again until the U.S. Open.

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: Venus Williams. Credit: Susan Mullane / US Presswire