Serena Williams is really done for the season
Serena Williams officially put an end to her 2010 season on Tuesday by withdrawing from consideration for the U.S. Federation Cup team and from the WTA season-ending championships in Doha. In a statement, Williams also said she had a second medical procedure Monday morning to repair her right foot, which was injured in an accident last July in which she said she stepped on broken glass in a German restaurant.
"It is with deep frustration that I am withdrawing from the WTA Championships at Doha and the Fed Cup Final," Williams said. "Pushed by my desire to return to competition, I trained too hard too soon and re-tore the tendon in my foot. As a result, yesterday morning I had to have another procedure to repair it. I thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult time and look forward with strength and determination to getting back on the court.”
Williams re-tore the tendon while preparing to play in a tournament in Linz, Austria, last week. That would have been her first appearance since winning Wimbledon last July.
As of now, Williams' next scheduled appearance is at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Jan. 1-8, where she and John Isner will represent the United States in the mixed-team competition. They are seeded second behind Serbia, which will be represented by Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic. Williams is the defending champion of the Australian Open.
-- Diane Pucin
Photo: Serena Williams. Credit: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated Press