Williams headed a strong field for the Sept. 26-Oct. 2 event. Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic have also entered the tournament. Maria Sharapova returns to defend her title. After missing this year's U.S. Open, Williams told The Associated Press on Sept. 13 she has yet to decide when she'll return to competition, but plans to play for the United States in the Fed Cup final against Italy in November.
September 23, 2010
Serena withdraws from Toray Pan Pacific Open
Top-ranked Serena Williams has pulled out of this month's Pan Pacific Open as she continues her recovery from surgery on her right foot. Williams, who cut her foot on broken glass at a restaurant after winning Wimbledon this year, returned to practice earlier this month. Serena has not played for almost three months.