Venus Williams won't play the Wuhan Open. The American player had taken a wild card during the US Open, but she does not feel prepared on a physical level to compete there. The 38-year-old Venus said: 'I’m really disappointed because it’s such a great tournament and I was looking forward to playing in front of the Chinese fans again.
At this stage of my career, though, I have to listen to my body and unfortunately sometimes that means taking tough decisions like this. There’s an amazing line-up of players in Wuhan this year though and I’m sure it’s going to celebrate its fifth birthday in style.
I wish everyone a great tournament.' Williams is still committed to the WTA Premier Mandatory Beijing, but she may as well pull out and end her 2018 season. Meanwhile the Chinese Hero Saisai Zheng, Samantha Stosur and Bernarda Pera joined the wild cards list adding to Qiang Wang and Victoria Azarenka.
Stosur said: 'We came here ready to play quallies but to get a wildcard is very exciting. It’s really good to be in the Main Draw here so I’m very appreciative and what a great opportunity for me – it’s another chance to play the best of the best.
The women’s Tour is so strong now and there are so many good players that you’ve got to be ready to go right from the first round. Now I have a few extra days to prepare.' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open. Facing Rafael Nadal is a gift'