October 10, 2010
Serena WITHDRAWS from Linz
But the American suffered "a physical problem" which surfaced in her final training session for the event. Instead of travelling to the Austrian city on Sunday, Williams chose to undergo further medical tests and later announced her withdrawal. A comeback at the modest Linz tournament would have allowed Williams get herself in condition for the Masters in Doha at the end of October, which is played on the same surface.
Williams will lose her world number one spot when the latest WTA rankings are published on Monday, after 20-year-old Dane Caroline Wozniacki secured top spot by reaching the quarter-finals at the Beijing tournament. Williams has been sidelined since July after cutting her foot on broken glass at a restaurant after winning Wimbledon. She returned to practice in September after having surgery but twice put off her comeback, withdrawing from the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and the China Open in Beijing.
* I received two very HOT emails about Serena's withdrawal. I will post them later but I have to "edit" and "tone down" some of the "language."