Serena Williams' Comeback Likely Postponed For Rest Of Season, Right Foot Not Properly Healed

Serena Williams' seventh tournament of the 2010 season was supposed to be next week’s Generali Ladies Linz. Instead, Williams is putting off her comeback for a third time since September, when she withdrew from the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and the China Open in Beijing.

“My dearest fans,” Williams started off her Oct. 10 blog update. “…Yesterday I learned that I had tried too hard, and did too much too soon. …I am likely out for the year now.”

Williams had surgery on her foot in mid-July and an after-practice scan on Saturday showed that Williams restrained her foot and will be likely be done for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Here is the statement released Sunday on Williams' website:

I have been training for many weeks to get back to playing tennis as quickly possible since my foot surgery in mid-July. Yesterday I learned that I had tried too hard, and did too much too soon. After practicing yesterday morning I felt discomfort in my foot and tests by my doctor revealed that I had unfortunately re-strained it, as a result of over training.

I am likely out for the year now. I was really looking forward to beginning my comeback in Linz, followed by the Year-end championships in Doha. I feel completely heartbroken, and devastated, but knowing I will never be given more than I can handle I plan on coming back stronger and better. However, in order not to make this worse, I have to chill on my physical workouts but I will immediately begin rehabbing as soon as I get the Doc’s OK. Keep me in your prayers (I need them).

Thank you all for your support and love.

Xxx

S

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki will move into the No. 1 spot when the rankings are released later this week.

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