Williams sisters pull out Wimbledon doubles

Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:34am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - American five-times Wimbledon women's doubles champion Serena and Venus Williams pulled out of this year's tournament on Tuesday, the All England Club said in a statement.

No reason was given for the withdrawal of the 12th seeds.

The Williams sisters won the women's doubles title in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

They were forced to retire mid-match last year with Serena suffering from a viral illness.

World number one Serena is bidding for a sixth Wimbledon singles title and could meet Venus, who has also won the title five times, in the last 16.

They have been replaced in the draw by lucky losers from qualifying Misaki Doi (Japan) and Stephanie Vogt (Liechtenstein).

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)

Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams of the U.S. talk during their doubles match against Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz