LOS ANGELES - Venus Williams will return to the court for the Dubai Open, two weeks after pulling out of a tournament in Japan because of an injured right knee.
Williams withdrew from her quarterfinal match against Chanda Rubin at the Pan Pacific Open on Feb. 6. She also pulled out of this week’s tournament in Belgium because of the injury.
The Dubai Open begins Tuesday.
“I am confident my injury has improved to the point that I fully expect to be taking the court in Dubai,” Williams said in a statement issued Friday.
Both Venus and her sister Serena have been plagued by injuries in the last year. Serena is scheduled for a comeback at the Qatar Open in March following knee surgery Aug. 1.
Venus returned at the Australian Open after six months off with recurring abdominal muscle problems.
Despite winning the French Open, Rafael Nadal will be seeded merely No. 5 at Wimbledon, opening the prospect of a quarterfinal with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray.
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