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Just announced on Eurosport

I'm not the least bit suprised
 

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they didnt say why ..... probably a combination of "fears of flying" and the "wrist problem"<br />

more news to follow soon .
 

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they said she withdrew cos of that wrist injury

Bart McGuire said he's deeply disappointed and some sanctions might be introduced for next year.
 

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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Williams had previously withdrawn from this week's Linz Open in Austria to rest the wrist in the hopes of playing this coming week in Munich.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<br />
 

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Terrible for the WTA, but in some way I'm glad she withdraws. US withdraws from Fed Cup, because it's not safe nowadays to fly and then they would show up in Munchen???
 

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Not very surprising. Now i wonder if Venus will ever play the Masters? She never did so far!

Anyway, more chances for Nat, whahaa
 

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Actually, I think she played in 99? I seem to remember a really good match between Conchita and Venus and Conchita being cheated out of winning? (maybe I dreamed that <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> lol)
 

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Oh yes maybe! <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> Then it must be Serena who never played..

How could i forget Conchita? <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Serena played the CHASE Championships in 1999

Venus definity going back to #3 again next week...
 

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Unfortunate, but no surprise.<br />I actually PM a certain person on this board and stated That I believed Venus would withdraw and Serena would play. I will not go into my reasoning, for that prediction, but if you read this, what do you think now?
 

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Originally posted by AlexSydney:<br /><strong>Serena played the CHASE Championships in 1999

Venus definity going back to #3 again next week...</strong><hr></blockquote>

Serena has qualified for but never played the Championships, her last match in 1999 was a loss to Testud after blowing a 5-1 3rd set lead. I bet you're probably thinking of the grand slam cup that Serena won over Arantxa, Lindsay and Venus in 1999.
 

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Oh okay...

Grand Slam Cup isn't World Championships <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> I'm not stupid <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> but thanks for tell me about Serena never play the World Championships.
 

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Well isn't this something?<br />Venus plays her heart out this summer and drops to #4. She doesn't play in the fall and goes back to #3? lol.
 

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Well isn't this something?<br />Venus plays her heart out this summer and drops to #4. She doesn't play in the fall and goes back to #3? lol. <hr></blockquote>

Ain't that the truth moon <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Wonder what the WTA will do about this heehee. Go Venus!!!! <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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Not at all surprised. I actually also find it hard to be disappointed. I feel its a blow for the sport, but what can you do? If people aren't gonna show up?

Introducing sanctions next year is too late imo. And if Venus is injured, and that's the reason why she's withdrawing, then you gonna fine her cause she's injured???

The responsibility in all of this lies with the player alone. If the player has integrity in what they do, sanctions aren't needed. The players (all players) need educating on the conduct and integrity they hold, as a top sportswoman.
 
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