Venus Officially Out Of WTA Chanpionships
Venus Williams out of Tour Championships
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Venus Williams withdrew from the WTA Championships on Sunday, citing an abdominal strain that has bothered her since April.
Tenth-ranked Chandra Rubin will replace Williams in the season-ending tournament that begins this week in Los Angeles.
Williams, ranked No. 6, hasn't played since aggravating a stomach muscle injury at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport both qualified for the Championships but also withdrew because of injuries.
11/02/03 14:57 EST