Former World No.1 and multiple time Grand Slam champion – Venus Williams has accepted a Wild Card into the Wuhan Open, where she has been a former winner. The event commences from the 20th of September. "I have such great memories of Wuhan from winning the title there in 2015, so it's always going to be a special tournament for me.
I'm really happy to come back and see all the fans again and play on that amazing center court. It's been great to see how the tournament has grown over the last six years and it's become a place where everyone wants to come and play.
I'm so excited to be part of that," Venus Williams said recently. "It is great to have Venus back again with us in Wuhan. Not only is she an international sports legend, but also as the 2015 Champion, it means that Wuhan Open will feature all five previous champions.
Venus brings with her a lot of passion for tennis. She has many fans in Wuhan who will be excited to welcome her back," said Brenda Perry, co-tournament director of Wuhan Open. According to the organizing committee, Williams will join World No.1 Ashleigh Barty, World No.2 and 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka as well as Wimbledon champion Simona Halep as part of a strong line-up at this year's tournament. Williams recently bowed out of the US Open in the first week, losing to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the Second Round.