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Venus To Step In For Serena In Berlin

Venus To Step In For Serena In Berlin

By Adrianna Outlaw

The German Open lost one Williams sister, but gained another in the process. As top-ranked Serena Williams, a 2002 German Open runner-up, pulled out of the tournament last night, third-ranked Venus Williams stepped into the $1.26 million red clay court tournament, which begins on May 5th in Berlin.

Citing the need to rest and prepare for the upcoming European clay-court season, Serena announced her withdrawal from the event. A year ago, she reached the German Open final before falling to Justine Henin-Hardenne, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(5). Henin-Hardenne handed Williams her first loss of the season in Sunday's Family Circle Cup final to snap the five-time Grand Slam champion's 21-match winning streak.

"After playing so many matches at the beginning of 2003, I have decided to take an additional week off to prepare for the European season," Williams said in a statement.

The defending French Open champion plans to return to tournament tennis at the $1.3 million Telecom Italia Masters, scheduled for May 12-18th in Rome. A year ago, Williams defeated Henin-Hardenne 7-6(6), 6-4 in one of the WTA Tour's best clay-court matches of the year.
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