TOKYO Aug 20 Nine of the world's top 10
players, including French Open champion Maria Sharapova, will
compete in next month's Pan Pacific Open.
World number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus leads the
field for the $2.16 million tournament, organisers of the Tokyo
women's event said on Monday.
Azarenka won her first grand slam title at the Australian
Open earlier this year.
Wimbledon and Olympic champion Serena Williams is the one
notable absentee from the entry list for the Sept. 23-29
Sharapova is a twice former Pan Pacific winner, in 2005 and
2009, while defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and
2010 winner Caroline Wozniacki are also among a strong field.
Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm, who turns 42 during the
tournament and won it back in 1995, will receive a wildcard.
(Reporting by Alastair Himmer; editing by Tony Jimenez)