"I regret to announce that I am withdrawing from the 2012 Australian Open.," Venus Williams announced today. "After several months of training and treatment," she said, "I am making steady progress to top competitive form. My diet and fitness regimen have allowed me to make great strides in terms of my health and I am very close to being ready to return to WTA competition."
Williams has Sjogren's Syndrome, and was only recently diagnosed. She is expected to return to the courts next month.