Serena Williams won't miss Brisbane International

ESPN staff
December 20, 2012
Serena Williams is the current world No. 3 © PA Photos

Serena Williams will be fit for the Brisbane International, tournament officials claimed on Thursday.

Williams was recently forced to pull out of an exhibition match scheduled for Thailand on December 29 after undergoing surgery on her toes last week.

The WTA Player of the Year was supposed to face Victoria Azarenka, but revealed on Wednesday: "I am being advised by my doctors to take more time to heal following a minor procedure I needed to address my ongoing foot issues."

The Brisbane International starts 24 hours later, sparking fears over the American's participation. But tournament director Cameron Pearson is convinced Williams will play.

"She'll be fit and ready for Brisbane," Pearson told AAP. "She just needed a little bit more time than what the Thailand exhibition match gave her to be ready.

"I guess it's a bit of a compliment that she wants to tailor her preparation [for the Australian Open] around playing Brisbane."

Li Na will step in to replace Williams at the World Tennis Invitation event in Hua Hin on December 29.

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