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Venus Williams accepts wildcards for Australian Open tournaments, Auckland


Venus Williams will be back in the coming months, with the 42-year-old accepting wildcards to play in the main draws of both the Australian Open and Auckland WTA tournaments, it was announced today. Wednesday. The seven-time Grand Slam champion, who most recently came out at the US Open in September to play doubles with sister Serena, will play singles in Auckland ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on January 16. It will mark Venus Williams’ 22nd appearance at Melbourne Park, where she made her Australian Open debut 25 years ago and reached the finals in 2003 and 2017.

Her most recent appearance was in her second-round debut in 2021.

“I am delighted to be back in Melbourne to compete at the Australian Open,” Williams said in a statement.

“I’ve been playing in (Australia) for over 20 years now and I look forward to making more memories at this year’s tournament.”

Williams, the former world number one, has been less competitive in the past few years, her world singles ranking dropping to 1007.

She will warm up for Melbourne in Auckland, where she will be one of four Grand Slam winners in the field alongside former US Open champions Emma Raducanu and Sloane Stephens, and Australian Open 2020 winner Sofia Kenin .

Williams, who won the tournament in 2015, said: “I am looking forward to playing my first tournament of the season in Auckland.

“The league and the fans always make me feel welcome and I’m very excited to be competing there in January.”

The Williams sister has won 49 titles in her career, including Wimbledon 5 times and US Open 2 times.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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