Yes she did.. the article was posted in General Messages and was found on Yahoo Sports:
Williams withdraws from three European indoor events October 3, 2002
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) - Citing "a need to rest and recover," world No. 1 Serena Williams on Thursday officially withdrew from three European indoor tournaments.
Two weeks ago, the 21-year-old American captured the Princess Cup at Tokyo and played in the doubles competition with Martina Navratilova.
After a 16-hour flight to Leipzig, Germany, she won her WTA Tour-leading eighth title last Sunday at the Sparkassen Cup. She also won the doubles
crown with Alexandra Stevenson before arriving at home in Florida on Monday.
Williams has dominated the women's circuit with her older sister Venus this season, defeating her sibling in the finals of the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. She won six of her last seven tournaments. "The past five months have taken my career to new heights, but this has also been a physically and mentally taxing experience," Serena said. "I am committed to giving my best effort during competition and when I get to the point where I don't feel like I can give 100 percent, I know it is time to rest and let my body recover. I am now at that point." Williams already has qualified for the season-ending Championships to be
held at Staples Center in Los Angeles from November 6-11. She is the defending champion after winning in a walkover against Lindsay Davenport
last year in Germany. "After playing so many consecutive matches the risk of injury and fatigue
becomes much greater and this is something that I take very seriously," Williams said. "My goal right now is getting my body prepared to defend my
title at the Championships which begins in nearly one month." Williams will be missing tournaments in Filderstadt, Germany on October 7-13, Zurich, Switzerland on October 13-20, and Linz, Austria on October 21-27.