Serena Williams makes comeback at Linz event

Serena Williams will return to the WTA circuit at next week’s

Generali Ladies Linz after being sidelined by a cut on her foot

since July.

Organizers said the Wimbledon and Australian Open champion

officially confirmed her entry on Thursday, the same day Williams

lost her No. 1 ranking.

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki will take over the top ranking when

the rankings are released on Monday.

Williams underwent surgery after cutting her right foot on

broken glass at a restaurant after winning Wimbledon.

She returned to practice in September but twice put off her

comeback, withdrawing from the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and this

week’s China Open in Beijing.

Linz will be only the seventh tournament of the year for

Williams, but she has already done enough to qualify for the

end-of-season championships in Doha.

The 29-year-old has also said she will be available for the U.S.

Fed Cup team when it faces Italy in the Nov. 6-7 final in San

Diego.

Serena’s sister Venus said Tuesday she would not play again this

season because of a left knee injury that has sidelined her for

most of the second half of 2010.

The younger Williams sister has played in Linz once before – in

2004, when she fell in the second round to Russia’s Alina

Jidkova.

Former champion Daniela Hantuchova at No. 26 is the

second-highest ranked player at the $220,000 tournament. U.S. Open

quarterfinalist Dominika Cibulkova and last year’s runner-up Petra

Kvitova are also taking part.