SWilliams returning to tennis next week in Austria

Serena Williams is returning to the WTA Tour at next week’s

Generali Ladies Linz after being sidelined since July by a cut on

her right foot.

Organizers said the Wimbledon and Australian Open champion

confirmed her entry Thursday, the same day she lost her No. 1

ranking.

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

the rankings are released Monday.

Williams had surgery after cutting her 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, who already had qualified for the end-of-season

championships in Doha.

She also has made herself available for the U.S. Fed Cup team

that is playing Italy in the final Nov. 6-7 in San Diego.

Williams’ sister Venus said Tuesday she would not play again

this year because of a left knee injury that has sidelined her for

most of the second half of season.

Serena Williams has played in Linz once – in 2004, when she lost

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.