After the first-round defeat against the 15-year-old Cori Gauff at Wimbledon, Venus Williams has decided to take a wild card for the Premier WTA event in San Jose. Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic had moved from Stanford to San Jose State University last year and Venus will headline the show together with Garbine Muguruza, Amanda Anisimova, Elina Svitolina and Victoria Azarenka, playing her first match in the night session on Tuesday, July 30.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion has close links with this event, making a debut in Orlando way back in Orlando 1994 and lifting trophies in 2000 and 2002 while it was played in Stanford. The winner of 49 WTA titles, Venus is among the most experienced players left on the Tour and she is still eager to compete at her best, entering eight tournaments so far in 2019 and standing just outside the top-50.
After the quarter-final in Auckland and the third round at the Australian Open, making a small break after the Aussie swing and advancing into the quarter-final at Indian Wells and the fourth round in Miami, losing to the rivals from the top-10.
After another break, Williams competed in Rome, Roland Garros and Birmingham before that early loss at the All England Club against the super talented Cori Gauff who might be the next hard-hitting American wonder girl, just like Venus and Serena some 25 years ago.
Last year, Venus lost in the quarter-final in San Jose to Maria Sakkari in two tight sets. “We are very excited to have Venus join our player field,” said Tournament Director Vickie Gunnarsson. “She is a tennis icon and tremendous ambassador for the sport. Having her competing at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is truly special and boosts our already great field”.