Tennis - Jaded Serena withdraws from Tokyo

Women's world number one Serena Williams has pulled out of next week's Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo citing fatigue, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday.

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2013 US Open champion Serena Williams (Reuters)

"I'm disappointed to have to withdraw from the Pan Pacific Open, which I was very much looking forward to playing this year," the American was quoted as saying.

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

World number 19 Maria Kirilenko also confirmed she was withdrawing for the event after picking up an injury in her loss to 42-year-old Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm at WTA Seoul.

The pair are the latest high-profile withdrawal from the September 22-28 tournament after Russian Maria Sharapova also pulled out last week to recover from a right shoulder injury.

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