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Serena withdraws from Tokyo

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Originally published on: 23/09/10 11:25

Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo because of the foot injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon.

The American cut her right foot on broken grass in a restaurant in Munich and has not picked up a racket since claiming her 13th Grand Slam title in South-West London.

Still the world No.1 despite the fact that the Tokyo event will be the fifth successive tournament she has missed as a result of the injury, Williams confident she will be fit well ahead of the year-end championships in Doha from October 26.

Despite the 28-year-old’s absence, the Tokyo tournament – won by Maria Sharapova in 2009 – still welcomes seven of the world’s top 10, with both Williams sisters and Kim Clijsters the only absentees from the elite pack at  the $2million WTA Premier event.

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