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EUROSPORT - Venus Williams has pulled out of next week's season-ending Tour Championships with what the WTA Tour described on Friday as an "irritated left wrist." Tour chief executive Bart McGuire stated, "This is very disappointing news for the Tour, our title sponsor Sanex, the event's organisers, the Olympiahalle and the people of Munich."

Williams had previously withdrawn from this week's Linz Open in Austria to rest the wrist in the hopes of playing this coming week in Munich. The withdrawal could cost Williams $140,000 in year-end bonus money. Bonus pool funds are awarded to top-ranked players who fulfil their commitments to play in a minimum number of 17 tournaments per year, including in particular the Championships.

If she petitions the Tour to avoid this bonus deduction, Williams will be subject to an examination by a physician named by an independent panel formed by the Tour. "We will need to verify the extent of Venus's injury as it pertains to her ability to meet her commitment to the Championships," added McGuire.

"The Tour's rules provide for such verification. In addition to losing her bonus pool funds, Venus could be subject to sanctions under the Tour's Code of Conduct if the injury cannot be verified."

Despite Venus's withdrawal, her sister Serena has reconfirmed her intent to play in the Championships and Anke Huber qualified on Thursday for the event.

The popular German, who is retiring at the end of the year, will play her final tournament in her home country. "It is very disappointing to lose Venus but this is where the depth of our Tour truly shines," said Tour chief operating officer Josh Ripple.

"Seven of our top 10 players will be in Munich to battle for the title including newly crowned world number one Jennifer Capriati, a surging number three Lindsay Davenport, and the two Belgian stars, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin."

The Championships, with $3,000,000 in prize money, feature the top 16 qualified women's singles players in the world and top eight doubles teams

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Venus Williams has pulled out of the WTA Tour Championships, the season's final event, with a wrist injury. <br />"This is very disappointing news for the Tour, our title sponsor Sanex, the event's organisers, the Olympiahalle and the people of Munich," WTA Tour chief executive Bart McGuire said.

"Especially in view of Venus's repeated confirmations of intent to play."

<br />Bart McGuire, WTA Tour chief executive <br />Williams withdrew from the Linz Open, in Austria this week, to rest the wrist in the hope of playing in Munich.

The withdrawal could cost her almost £100,000 in bonus money.

Bonus pool funds are awarded to top-ranked players who fulfil their commitments to play a minimum of 17 tournaments per year, including the Championships.

Her only hope of keeping her bonus is if she can prove to an independent physician that she is unfit to play.

"We will need to verify the extent of Venus's injury as it pertains to her ability to meet her commitment to the Championships," McGuire said.

"The Tour's rules provide for such verification.

"In addition to losing her bonus pool funds, Venus could be subject to sanctions under the Tour's Code of Conduct if the injury cannot be verified."

<br />Despite Venus's withdrawal, her sister Serena has again confirmed her intent to play in the Championships.

On Thursday, Anke Huber qualified for the event and the popular German, who is retiring at the end of the year, will play her final tournament in her home country.

"It is very disappointing to lose Venus but this is where the depth of our Tour truly shines," Tour chief operating officer Josh Ripple said.

"Seven of our top 10 players will be in Munich to battle for the title including world number one Jennifer Capriati, a surging number three Lindsay Davenport, and the two Belgian stars, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin."

The Championships, with more than £2m in prize money, feature the top 16 qualified women's singles players in the world and top eight doubles teams.


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That first article is quite insulting and accusatory. It might as well come out and read, "we think she is faking".

It is really too bad that people are so jealous of Venus' success that they have continued to bombard here with baseless accusations.

I am sure a lot of people on the board will agree that she is faking, which is really too bad.
 

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it is really too bad,but i think they are doing this because venus said repeatedly that she and serena would play the chase,i am not condoning that what htey are donig is right but thats the only explanation i could think of on why they would do this,i guess us fans will just have to wait until nexy year to see venus play.
 

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