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|Venus Williams Withdraws, Tennis Results
|MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Venus Williams is out at the Australian Open.
The fourth-seed withdrew in the second game of her third-round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany after appearing to aggravate a stomach injury. The seven-time Grand Slam winner dropped serve in the opening game and Petkovic was ahead 30-0 when Williams stretched to the right to return service. She immediately cried out and clutched her stomach on the right side.
Williams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin Wednesday when she twisted for a volley in her second-round win over Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic.
Williams has never before withdrawn due to injury during a Grand Slam match.
In other women's results, Caroline Wozniacki beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-3 to reach the fourth round, avenging last week's loss to the Slovakian player. Wozniacki, who's playing her first Grand Slam as the world No. 1, advanced to the fourth round for the seventh consecutive major.
14th-seed Maria Sharapova is in the fourth round after defeating Julia Goerges of Germany 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, but seven-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin is done after being eliminated in the third round, losing 6-4, 7-6 to Svetlana Kuznetsova just a year after reaching the final in her comeback to Grand Slam tennis.
In men's play, second-seed Roger Federer advanced with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over Xavier Malisse of Belgium, while third-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round after playing just one set against Serbian Davis Cup teammate Viktor Troicki.
The 2008 Australian Open champion had just won the first set 6-2 when Troicki retired due to a stomach problem.
Andy Roddick overcame a slow start before powering home with 32 aces to beat Robin Haase 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-2 and move into the fourth round of the Australian Open. The eighth-seeded Roddick is seeking his second Grand Slam title nearly seven years after his first, the 2003 U.S. Open.