Bangkok, Thailand (Sports Network) - Serena Williams was forced to withdraw
from an exhibition match in Thailand later this month after undergoing surgery
on her big toes.
The 15-time Grand Slam singles titlist and former top-ranked star was
scheduled to meet current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in Hua Hin on December 29,
but China's Li Na will now fill in for the American great.
Williams "was treated for a chronic foot disorder which involved minor
procedures on both of her great toes," according to Florida podiatrist Jeffrey
Rockefeller. "She needs to minimize activity to fully recover."
The 31-year-old Williams is expected to play at the Australian Open next
Williams was named the WTA Player of the Year after winning Wimbledon, the
U.S. Open, London Olympics, and season-ending Championships.
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