Big Venus Williams news confirmed after six-month injury break

Williams, 43, took a break to address her knee injury after the US Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Big Venus Williams news confirmed after six-month injury break
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Venus Williams is officially set to kick off her comeback after the Miami Open handed her a main draw wildcard and the American will be joined by Emma Raducanu and Caroline Wozniacki, who were also announced as wildcard recipients for the WTA 1000 tournament that starts on March 19th.

Williams, a former world No. 1, took a break from tennis after the US Open to address her knee injury but now she is ready to play again and return to Miami for her 22nd appearance at the tournament. Williams, 43, enjoyed massive success in Miami early in her career, having won titles at the tournament in 1998, 1999 and 2001. 

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Venus Williams© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

When Williams kicks off her 2024 Miami campaign, she will be playing at the tournament for the first time since 2021, when she was beaten by Zarina Diyas in the first round.

Williams, Raducanu & Wozniacki all receive a Miami wildcard

On Thursday, the Miami Open also confirmed a wildcard for 2021 US Open champion Raducanu as the 21-year-old Briton is now set to make her third consecutive appearance at the tournament.

In 2022 - the year in which Raducanu made her Miami debut - the Briton was seeded and had a first-round bye before losing to Katerina Siniakova in her opener. Last year, Raducanu suffered another early loss in Miami after Bianca Andreescu handed her a defeat in the first round. 

This year, Raducanu will certainly enter the tournament determined to finally clinch her first Miami win. 

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Matthew Stockman
 

Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Wozniacki is set to play in Miami for the first time since 2019 - the Dane retired from pro tennis after the 2020 Australian Open but came out of retirement last summer. After returning to a couple of tournaments for the first time in several years, 33-year-old Wozniacki is now also set to play again in Miami for the first time in five years.

Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki© Getty Images Sport - Al Bello
 

Wozniacki, who made her Miami debut in 2008, made 12 consecutive appearances at the tournament between 2008 and 2019. Wozniacki's best Miami result came in 2017, when she made the final before losing to Johanna Konta.

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