LOS ANGELES: Serena Williams will play in subsequent month’s Cincinnati Open WTA match as she builds in the direction of a potential US Open look, organizers stated Tuesday.
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, who final week was named within the subject for subsequent month’s Canadian Open, joins a star-studded subject for the hardcourt match.
Williams, winner of the match in 2014 and 2015, entered the match utilizing her protected rating.
The previous world primary — who performed her first singles match in a 12 months throughout a primary spherical defeat at Wimbledon final month — is stepping up her comeback forward of the US Open subsequent month.
Becoming a member of her within the subject for the August 13-21 match in Cincinnati will probably be world primary Iga Swiatek and former champions together with Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys, Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova.
Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, four-time main champion Naomi Osaka and reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu are additionally within the line-up.
The lads’s draw in the meantime contains newly minted Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, however except the Serbian star modifications his stance over refusing to take the Covid-19 vaccine, he won’t play.
Present US rules forbid entry to the nation by non-vaccinated international guests, and Djokovic has beforehand stated he has no plans to again down from his stance.
Earlier this month he acknowledged he was unlikely to play in america except entry necessities modified.
“I might wish to play the US Open but when it does not occur it is not the tip of the world, nor the primary Grand Slam I’ve to withdraw from,” Djokovic stated.