Friday, October 8, 2010

Serena Williams will return to tennis next week.

Serena Williams will return to the women’s tennis tour next week in Linz, Austria, after recovering from a foot injury that kept her out since July.

Williams, 29, said in a statement on the tournamant’s website today that she had “finally got the green light” after her doctor advised her against playing in Tokyo and Beijing because her fitness wasn’t 100 percent.

When she takes to the courts next week, Williams will be ranked the No. 2 player in the world behind Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, who earlier ensured she’ll take over as No. 1 by advancing to the quarterfinals at the China Open.

Williams, who has held the top spot for a total of 123 weeks during her career, hasn’t played since winning her 13th Grand Slam singles championship at Wimbledon. The American had foot surgery the same month after walking through glass at a restaurant in Munich, she told USA Today in September.

Williams is also expected to play in the Kremlin Cup the week after, held in Moscow. If she were to win both tournaments, depending on Caroline Wozniacki's China result she would again rise to top of women's tennis.

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