Former world number one Venus Williams of the United States has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup, which takes place in Toronto this week.
The withdrawal was caused by illness. She had gone to see a doctor on Sunday, and they confirmed she has got a viral illness. She has stated that she is “extremely disappointed” that it turned out this way and she won’t be able to play, but don’t fret tennis fans because there are many more top players who will feature at this week’s tournament in Toronto. Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki are just some of the top ladies to headline play this week in Canada.
As a result of Venus’s withdrawal, qualifier Zhang Shuai will step into Williams’ first-round match Tuesday against Ana Ivanovic and Lourdes Dominguez Lino gets the extra spot in the draw.