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Venus pulls out of Australian Open with injury

Last updated on: January 21, 2011 17:30 IST

Fourth seed Venus Williams retired from her Australian Open third round match against Germany's Andrea Petkovic with injury on Friday after lasting just seven points.

The seven-times Grand Slam champion pulled up with what appeared to be a groin strain after lunging for a return with the German leading by a game and 30-0 in Melbourne.

- Images from the Australian Open

Petkovic moves on to face former champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.

Williams strained a muscle in the same area during her second round victory over Czech Sandra Zahlavova on Wednesday.

Her retirement leaves a Grand Slam without an American woman in the last 16 for only the fourth time, the last time coming at the French Open in 2008.