Not surprising. Like I said, Venus' goal was to win Wimbly. Everything else is just gravy. Tough with her withdrawal from Tokyo it will be interesting to see if she even qualifies for the YEC. I wouldn't be surprised if she took the rest of the year off.
It's a darn shame though. As of right now Tokyo has had a Grand Slam grade entry list with the entire Top 20 scheduled to play except for Masha, Bepa, Patty, Vika, and Ski Boots.
But I would expect that Serena, Lena, and possibly Dinara will withdraw from Tokyo. They played the Olympics (deep into the Olympics for Lena and Dinara), deep into the USO, and Lena is playing Fed Cup this weekend in Spain. Dinara may be gunning for ranking points so I could see her playing Tokyo but if you play Tokyo you're probably going to play Beijing the following week, and then Moscow two weeks later. That's quite the haul for players that have already complained of being exhausted. Dinara already said her tank was empty in NYC, so if she and her team are smart they skip the Asia trip and focus on maybe Stuttgart, Moscow, maybe another small tourney, and then head into the YEC fairly fresh. That's quite the haul for players that have already complained of being exhausted.
Of course, JJ would play simultaneous tournaments if she could so I wouldn't rule her out of Tokyo. Besides, I think she's looking forward to her another rematch with Ana and take a shot at getting that monkey off her back.
UPDATED: During Serena's visit to Regis and Kelly she said that her next tournaments will be Stuttgart and then the YECs (smart!). I think she also said in her presser that her next tournaments will be in Europe, so it's clear that she's skipping Asia.
I've also gone back to check individual player web sites and Ana, JJ, Lena, Dinara, and Caro all still list it as their next tournament.
Sveta has withdrawn because she's been tapped to play the Fed Cup final.