Serena pulls out of next week's Tokyo event

11:16 AM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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Tokyo, Japan (Sports Network) - World No. 1 superstar Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week's Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, citing fatigue.

Williams is a two-time champion at the Pan Pacific event, capturing both of her appearances there in 2001 and 2002.

The 31-year-old American has played in Asia only once since 2005.

"I'm disappointed to have to withdraw from the Pan Pacific Open, which I was very much looking forward to playing this year," Williams said. "Unfortunately, with the number of matches I have played throughout the summer, I need more time to properly recover."

Williams captured her fifth U.S. Open title two weeks ago and is a brilliant 67-4 overall this season, including a French Open title as well.

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