Serena Williams called the tournament office in the beginning of the week and commited to the tournament. She was on the alternate list but as Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi pulled, she got in the maindraw. But the tournament director is pretty sceptical about her playing Linz as she also commited the last two years, but pulled out everytime. Serena's management called Thursday night that Serena will arrive on Saturday, but they don't know yet exactly when. The WTA sent tournament director Sandra Reichel an email but she will only believe that Serena will play when she goes out of the plane in Austria and she doesn't also whether Serena is fit and she remind her knee injury which forced her to pull out of Filderstadt and Zurich.