(May 5, 2013) Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Madrid Open due to a back problem.
“I was looking forward to playing at the Mutua Madrid Open this year, but unfortunately my back is hurting and I am not able to compete,” Venus Williams said in a statement. “Thank you to all my fans for the support and I look forward to returning next year. I will keep working hard to return as soon as possible.”
Venus Williams was replaced in the draw by Stefanie Voegele.
Tamira Paszek has also pulled out of Madrid with a respiratory infection. Lucky loser Madison Keys will take her place.