Agence France-PresseSeptember 19, 2013 07:21
World number one Serena Williams has pulled out of next week's Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo over fitness concerns.
The 31-year-old American will skip the September 22-28 tournament because she is "in bad condition", the tournament office said.
Russia's Maria Sharapova, the world number three, said last week that she would miss the $2.4 million tournament to recover from a right shoulder injury.
"Unfortunately with the number of matches I have played throughout the summer I need more time to properly recover," Williams was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency.