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Venus Williams receives wild-card entry from USTA for US Open

Venus Williams will return to the US Open after missing out on 2021 when the event begins in New York on August 29.

The United States Tennis Association said in a statement on Wednesday that the two-time tournament champion has received a wild card.

Williams, 42, a former world No. 1, will be making her 23rd appearance at the Grand Slam.

Williams was inactive for almost a year before returning to competition in mixed doubles at Wimbledon earlier this summer. She has since played at the Citi Open, Canadian Open and this week’s Western and Southern Open but has not recorded a singles win since her return. Her younger sister Serena, 40, revealed in a first-person Vogue essay last week that she was planning to retire after the US Open, but Venus Williams has not shared any such plans.

Williams isn’t the only former major champion to receive a wild card. 2020 US Open winner Dominic Thiem and 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin were also announced as recipients on Wednesday. Both have been struggling with injuries recently and have fallen out of the top 100.

Wildcards were also awarded to the other wildcards received by 2017 US Open semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe, 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey and reigning NCAA singles champion Ben Shelton.

Harmony Tan, who stunned Serena Williams in the first round at Wimbledon in June and eventually reached the fourth round at the All England Club, also received a wild card. Despite her best result of her career at a Major, Tan of France received no ranking points for her efforts at the tournament and remained outside the top 100. She is currently ranked 110th and otherwise would have had to qualify to enter the main draw. The USTA said it was given a wildcard due to a mutual agreement between the USTA and the French Tennis Federation.

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/34413152/venus-williams-receives-wild-card-entry-us-open Venus Williams receives wild-card entry from USTA for US Open

Emma Bowman

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