Venus Williams retires from Brisbane International after a setback in training

Venus Williams has retired from the next Brisbane International After suffering a setback in training, the former world number one said Wednesday.

Williams, 39, joined the world number one Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka in a strong field in Queensland Tennis Center from January 6 to 12 and organizers said they would announce a wild card to take their place in the draw.

Unfortunately, I will not start my season in Brisbane Due to an unexpected setback during my training, Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam winner who received a wild card for the event, said in a statement.

I hope to be in Australia in the new year and I will see everyone in Adelaide.

the Adelaide International It starts on January 13.