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Injured Venus to skip Cincinnati event

Venus Williams has won the U.S. Open twice but is being hampered by injury ahead of next month's event.
Venus Williams has won the U.S. Open twice but is being hampered by injury ahead of next month's event.
  • Venus Williams will miss next week's Cincinnati hardcourt event due to a knee injury
  • Seven-time Grand Slam winner has not played since Wimbledon at end of June
  • World No. 4 says she experienced pain in her knee after returning to training
  • Top seed Caroline Wozniacki reaches semifinals of her home Copenhagen Open

(CNN) -- Venus Williams has joined her sister Serena in withdrawing from next week's Cincinnati Open, citing a knee problem that could dent her hopes of success at the U.S. Open.

World No. 4 Venus has not played at a tournament since losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals at the end of June, and said she had experienced soreness while practicing recently.

"During the last three weeks I returned to my normal practice schedule, and last week began to experience pain in my left knee," the 30-year-old American told the Cincinnati hardcourt event's website on Friday.

"My medical advisors and physio have recommended that I refrain from competition until I am pain free. Unfortunately, I am not at a point where I can commit to competing next week."

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, played at the U.S. tournament for the first time last year, losing in the third round.

Eight of the world's top-10 players will be present at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, but No. 1 Serena is still on the sidelines due to the cut foot she suffered at a restaurant that will also rule her out of the upcoming tournament in Montreal.

Meanwhile, world No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki moved into the semifinals of her home Copenhagen Open with a 3-6 6-0 7-6 (7-3) win over German fifth seed Julia Goerges.

The Danish top seed will next play Russian qualifier Anna Chakvetadze, who beat Slovenian sixth seed Polona Hercog 6-4 6-3.

Former world No. 5 Chakvetadze, an eight-time winner of the WTA Tour, has slumped to 74th in the rankings.

The other semifinal will be between Chinese second seed Li Na and Czech No. 7 Klara Zakopalova.