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By Richard Pagliaro - There won't be a slap on the wrist for Venus Williams. The WTA Tour announced today that an independent committee formed to investigate the legitimacy <br />of Williams' wrist injury has officially excused Williams' absence from the season-ending Sanex Championships in Munich, Germany two weeks ago.

As a result of the ruling, Williams remains eligible to collect $140,000 in year-end bonus money. Committee members included John D. Feerick, Dean of Fordham University School of Law and prominent sports arbitrator; Marc Safran, M.D., co-director of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco; and Gary Windler, M.D. of Trident Sports Medicine, South Carolina. The committee was formed to determine whether Williams' injury permitted her to be formally excused from the Sanex Championships.

The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion withdrew from the Sanex Championships less than a week before the tournament began citing an "irritated left wrist" that she said she sustained while practicing for the tournament.

The third-ranked Williams' decision disappointed WTA officials who had insisted she would play despite the fact she had not played a match since defeating sister Serena to win the U.S. Open on September 8th.

"Especially in view of Venus's repeated confirmations of intent to play, this is very disappointing news for the Tour, our title sponsor Sanex, the event's organizers, the Olympiahalle and the people of Munich," said outgoing WTA Tour CEO Bart McGuire two weeks ago.

Today, the WTA announced Williams' injury, which also forced her to withdraw from the Linz tournament a week before Munich, was confirmed by an independent physician as a chronic pisotriquetral joint injury (a chronic wrist join injury). It is similar to the injury that sidelined Williams for the first five months of the 2000 season.

"We are pleased that the process has been completed in a speedy and credible manner," said McGuire. "This was made possible by the professionalism and cooperation throughout the process by Venus Williams and her entire team as well as by the committee."

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Like I said b4..Venus IS a classy lady.

Of course she would be cleared. And hopefully any future investigations involving ANY injured player will be seen as futile, and a waste of time.

Kudos to Venus and her team for setting an example!
 
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