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Australian Open: Williams sisters withdraw from doubles competition

Multiple grand slam champions Serena and Venus Williams withdrew from women`s doubles competition at the Australian Open on Wednesday before first round action got underway.

Australian Open: Williams sisters withdraw from doubles competition

Melbourne: Multiple grand slam champions Serena and Venus Williams withdrew from women`s doubles competition at the Australian Open on Wednesday before first round action got underway.

Tennis Australia, which handles all of the withdrawals for the tournament, were unable to give a reason why the 13-time grand slam and three-time Olympic champions were unable to play their match against 11th seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shedova.

Irina Falconi and Petra Martic took the Williams sisters` place in the draw, though were beaten 6-3 6-3 by the Spanish/Kazakh pairing.

Medina Garrigues and Shvedova will now face either the pairing of Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson or Mirajana Lucic-Baroni and Lisa Raymond.

Both Serena and Venus play their second round singles matches on Thursday.

From Zee News

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