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Williams withdraws from ASB Classic in Auckland

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2011 | 4:15 PM

The Australian Open has been put in doubt after she withdrew from January's ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand because of ongoing health issues.

The 31-year-old former world number one has been receiving treatment for Sjogren’s syndrome.

The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, begins on January 16.

The seven-time Grand Slam winner, who is currently ranked 103 in the world, had been handed a wildcard entry to the tournament.

However, the competition’s website announced Williams had told her agent, Carlos Fleming, that she was not fit to take part despite recent exhibition match appearances.