Venus Williams of the United States prepares to serve during her singles second round tennis match with Iveta Benesova of the Czech Repubic at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008. Williams won 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Don't count out Venus Williams for a U.S. Open appearance.
That is, if her recovery from a lower back injury that forced the former world No. 1 to skip Wimbledon allows her to play in a tune-up event before the next grand slam.
The 33-year-old missed the grass-court major after 16 consecutive appearances. Williams last played in May when she lost in the first round of the French Open.
The injury also prevented Williams from rejoining the Washington Kastles, the World Team Tennis franchise she played for last season. Williams spoke with media before the two-time defending champion's season opener, attended by first lady Michelle Obama and Billie Jean King.