October 15, 2009

Serena to play Sydney International in January

Women's world number one Serena Williams is almost certain to play next year's edition of the Sydney International. Williams remains the subject of an International Tennis Federation investigation into her outburst at the US Open in August. But tournament director Craig Watson says he expects the reigning Australian Open champion to be cleared to play. "I don't think Serena would do that again," he said.

"I think that was an unfortunate incident and we're looking forward to having her play in Sydney again. "At the moment we're focused on her coming. I've been in communication with her people as late as yesterday and all indications are from them that they're on track to arrive in Sydney."

Williams will be joined in the women's draw by defending Sydney champion and world number five Elena Dementieva of Russia and world number eight Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. "Sydney is a good place to kick off the year," Williams said. "It's a great warm-up for the Australian Open."

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