Venus Williams pulls out of Toronto tournament
Sat Aug 13, 2005 3:40 AM BST
TORONTO, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has pulled out of next week's WTA tournament in Toronto, the WTA Tour announced.
Williams had pulled out of this week's event in Stockholm with the flu.
Top seed and soon to be number one Maria Sharapova said on Friday that she was also doubtful for the Toronto tournament due to a chest injury.
Russia's Elena Bovina, Vera Zvonareva and Elena Likhovtseva also pulled out of the event, as did Australia's Alicia Molik.
However, second seed Amelie Mauresmo, third seed Justine Henin-Hardenne and fourth seed Serena Williams are expected to play.
Over the past three weeks, seven of the WTA Tour's top 11 players have withdrawn from tournaments or retired from matches.