Venus WIlliams Pulls out of Wimbledon: First Time in 16 Years

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Venus Williams

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Venus Williams, 33, pulled out of Wimbledon on Monday after never missing one in 165 consecutive years.  The 5-time championed walked out of the grass-court tournament Tuesday with complaints of back pain.

Williams has been dealing with a bad back for some time now,  she as played only three matches in the last nearly three months. 

She is currently ranked at No. 34 and once held the No. 1 ranking, a title that her sister Serena now holds. 

Serena Williams, who is ranked No. 1, will be a big favorite to win what would be her sixth Wimbledon title and 17th major championship overall. She's won 31 matches in a row, the longest single-season streak on the women's tour since Venus put together a 35-match run in 2000.

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