Tennis-Exhausted Venus likely to skip French Open warm-ups
Thu Apr 14, 4:42 PM ET
By Simon Cambers
CHARLESTON, South Carolina, April 14 (Reuters) - A mentally and physically exhausted Venus Williams is likely to skip the traditional European claycourt warm-up tournaments in order to be fully prepared for this year's French Open.
The American, whose defence of her Family Circle Cup title ended on Thursday with a 7-5 6-4 defeat by 17-year-old French girl Tatiana Golovin, traditionally plays in at least one event before arriving in Paris.
But the 24-year-old said on Thursday the effort of playing three back-to-back tournaments had left her drained.
"I just think that mentally and physically I may have just lost it," said Williams, who competed in Miami and Amelia Island before Charleston.
"I just think I'm having a mental letdown from all the tennis I've been playing in the last four weeks. It's very hard to play all these weeks in a row, mentally."
The former world number one, whose ranking has slipped to number eight, was unsure exactly what her commitments would be.
"I'm playing Fed Cup (April 23-24), so a lot more training, not really time for a break yet and then that's about it until the French Open," she said.