Originally Posted by Material World
It's looking like AO qualies now anyway, so notwithstanding that she will want to play Osaka, it may be best for her to cut her losses now and have a good break.
If she has entered Osaka, she can't just withdraw to take a break at her own convenience. Because of the sponsorship & advertising that supports the tour, the WTA are pretty strict on withdrawals from tournaments
From the WTA rules
" No withdrawal from a Tournament will be effective unless the play-
er submits the withdrawal in writing or via the PlayerZone to WTA
Operations, using a WTA Withdrawal Form and/or Medical
Information Form, as applicable. Withdrawals from the next
week’s Tournament, which are made after work hours from Friday
through to Sunday, must also be faxed or emailed to the
Supervisor on site."
So she can only withdraw for medical reasons, though being tired after glandular fever could be acceptable, assuming she can prove that she is still being affected by the illness.
As you say, as defending champion she will want to play - I just thought I would point out how strict the WTA are on playing commitments (and also off-court sponsorship events).