Wimbledon Venus Williams, Serena Williams pull out of doubles

Misaki Doi and Stephanie Vogt have replaced Venus and Serena Williams in the women's doubles at Wimbledon.

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Venus Williams, Serena Williams pull out of doubles play

Venus Williams, Serena Williams pull out of doubles

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The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, have opted to withdraw from the women's doubles competition at Wimbledon.

The duo have won the doubles on five on five occasions at SW19, the most recent of which came in 2012 when Serena also won the singles title.

However, the 12th seeds - who were set to play Johanna Konta and Maria Sanchez in round one - have pulled out and will focus on the singles competition.

Lucky losers Misaki Doi and Stephanie Vogt have taken their place.

Serena Williams started her singles campaign with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Margarita Gasparyan, while Venus secured a double-bagel 6-0 6-0 win over Madison Brengle in just 42 minutes.

Dominika Cibulkova and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova have also pulled out to be replaced by Chan Chin-wei and Nicole Melichar.

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