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vicki
Sep 18th, 2002, 11:26 AM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- U.S. Open runner-up Venus Williams was uninjured when the car she was riding in crashed west of Palm Beach Gardens over the weekend.

The crash occurred either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, Palm Beach County Sheriff spokesman Jay Hart said Tuesday. The crash report had not been submitted so details were limited, Hart said.

No further details about the crash were available late Tuesday night. Richard Williams, Venus' father, said his daughter was not hurt.

"She may have been in a minor fender-bender, but I don't believe she was seriously hurt," said Julie Kachner, a spokesperson for Venus Williams.

Williams' half-brother, Richard Williams III, 37, and his wife, Ana, 36, also were in the vehicle. They were treated and released from St. Mary's Medical Center on Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Venus Williams, the second-ranked player in the world, shares a home in Palm Beach Gardens with her sister, Serena, the world's No. 1 player. Serena beat Venus in the U.S. Open final earlier this month.

Venus Williams withdrew from the $1.2 million Brazil Open last week, saying she was fatigued. She was the top seed in that event.

Serena Williams was not involved in the crash -- she is playing at the Toyota Princess Cup in Tokyo this week.

marierichards
Sep 20th, 2002, 01:32 AM
So glad you are not seriously hurt Venus. We are soooooooooo very glad. Please take care of yourself, so you can come back and show the world your great spirit on the tennis court or off. We naturally want to see you back on the tennis court with a great hunger for the top spot, once again. Remember, the other girls are practicing all the time to overtake you, so come back to your fans Venus and show your best game. In the mean time -- take care and get well soon.

Okasu
Sep 20th, 2002, 02:06 AM
AP Corrects Williams Crash Story
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS





Filed at 8:44 p.m. ET


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- In a Sept. 17 story about a car accident last weekend, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Venus Williams was involved in the accident. Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials say that Venus Williams' half-brother, his wife and daughter were in a car that was hit from behind at an intersection on Sunday morning in the hometown of Venus and sister Serena Williams.