Williams set to miss Wimbledon

FIVE-TIME champion Venus Williams has been forced to pull out of Wimbledon with a back injury, just days before the championships begin.

The 33-year-old, who last won the ladies singles title at the All England Club in 2008, struggled throughout the clay court season with a persistent back problem, while simultaneously battling Sjogren’s syndrome, which attacks the immune system.

“Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in Wimbledon this year,” confirmed the world No34.

“I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved the championships, but I need to take time to let my back heal.”