NEW YORK (AP) _ Two-time champion Venus Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open on Friday, citing the left wrist injury that's sidelined her since Wimbledon.
``I have many great memories from competing at the U.S. Open, and I regret that I will not be able to participate in 2006,'' Williams said in a statement released by her agent.
``I will miss the excitement of competing in front of the New York fans at one of the premier sporting events in the world. I look forward to returning in 2007.''
Williams, who was seeded 30th for the tournament, won the U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001, part of her collection of five Grand Slam titles.
The Open begins Monday.