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Serena pulls out of Pan Pacific Open

Kyodo

World No. 1 Serena Williams has pulled out of the upcoming Pan Pacific Open, organizers said Thursday.

The American has withdrawn from the Sept. 22-28 tournament in Tokyo “due to fatigue and needing more time to recover from the summer.”

She is the latest big name to withdraw after Russian pin-up Maria Sharapova last week said she was skipping the tournament to recover from a right shoulder injury.

“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 in a press release.

“Unfortunately with the number of matches I have played throughout the summer I need more time to properly recover.”