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AP: Williams undergoes tests for medical issue, will return at Italian Open

Williams undergoes tests for medical issue, will return at Italian Open

Venus Williams will miss another tournament next week in Charleston, S.C., as she undergoes tests for a medical issue that her agent said Wednesday isn't serious.

The six-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked woman plans to return to the tour at next month's Italian Open and then participate in the year's remaining Grand Slams.

"This not a hiatus. This is not a break from the tour," her agent, Carlos Fleming, said in a telephone interview. "This was a limited window where she could get these evaluations before the three major tournaments and Olympics this summer."

Williams, currently ranked No. 6, was already sitting out this week's tournament at Amelia Island, Fla., and she withdrew from Charleston on Wednesday. She did not cite an injury in pulling out of those events and is making off-court appearances at both.

Williams played last week at Key Biscayne, Fla., reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.

"Venus has assured me that there's no serious medical problem," Fleming said. "But she did see this timing as a good opportunity to have these evaluations to make sure that her health is in order."

Neither Williams, who spoke to reporters at Amelia Island on Tuesday, nor Fleming would go into specifics about the nature of the medical issue.

After Williams lost to eventual champion Justine Henin in the U.S. Open semifinals in September, her mother and coach, Oracene Price, said Williams was taking medicine for anemia. Price said at the time that her daughter learned she had the condition after winning Wimbledon in July.

Fleming said Williams expects to be back on the court practicing sometime by the end of next week and fully intends to compete in the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open -- as well as the Beijing Olympics, where she aims to play in singles and in doubles with her younger sister Serena.

But Fleming said that an "ambitious" travel schedule so far in 2008 -- including stops in Doha, Qatar; Bangalore, India; and Melbourne, Australia -- made the 27-year-old Williams want to "make sure that her health was 100 percent on track."

The Italian Open, played in Rome, starts May 12. It is one of the key tuneup tournaments played on clay courts ahead of the French Open, which begins May 25.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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Re: AP: Williams undergoes tests for medical issue, will return at Italian Open

ah so only 4 weeks off really which is good to hear. Hope Vee will feel fully refreshed and healthy when she comes back in Rome

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thats good to hear i guess.... hope she enters Berlin to she needs claycourt practice
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GREAT NEWS...My heart,stop for a moment~ Love you VENUS WILLIAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!
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See you then Venus

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I hope it is not a serious when i see the news aboit daniela and the cancer,im am stress!
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Good to hear
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Re: AP: Williams undergoes tests for medical issue, will return at Italian Open

looks more serious to me. maybe personal.

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See! Everyone was having heart attacks. The only thing shocking was the thread title.
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why didn't she say what is the injury she has? i mean she can't withdraw from both events with no specific injury. well i can't help but start thinking she is pregnant
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get better Vee and come back and kick everyone's butt like you should

that stupid article said "indefinite" amount of time off. They should make a better choice of words next time. And i really am curious as to what is going on w/ her? why so vague? something's up I'm guessing it's something personal like maybe a problem w/ her feminine areas.
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I think its a prcautionary move so that she wont have to expend a lot of energy during the clay season,last year her campaign was not great she lost early and looked so tired during her 3rd match at RG.
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why didn't she say what is the injury she has? i mean she can't withdraw from both events with no specific injury. well i can't help but start thinking she is pregnant


OR!! here's the shocker....she could be getting tests done as she said...

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Hopefully she will be back in full force in Rome and can pick up some of the points she is going to drop in the meantime. I hope Chakvetadze loses early this week so Venus can stay at six. I want her to have a good seeding at the FO so that she can go deep in the tournament.

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Re: AP: Williams undergoes tests for medical issue, will return at Italian Open

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why didn't she say what is the injury she has? i mean she can't withdraw from both events with no specific injury. well i can't help but start thinking she is pregnant
and what if she is pregnant? Pregnancy is not a crime Meanwhile, I had a feeling the AP article was blown way out of proportion


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