The Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati has handed main draw wildcards to Venus Williams, Sofia Kenin, and Sloane Stephens, the tournament announced on Thursday. Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam major champion, Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, and Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, all received wild card entries into the Western & Southern Open main draw, according to a statement released by the competition’s organizers on Thursday.
Williams, 42, will compete in the Western & Southern Open for the tenth time. 2012 marked Williams‘ finest Cincinnati performance as she advanced to the semifinal round before falling to Na Li. The 23-year-old Kenin will participate in Cincinnati’s main draw three times this year.
As she advanced to the semifinal in Cincinnati in 2019, Kenin had a solid debut in the main draw. The 29-year-old Stephens will make his tenth appearance in Cincinnati. Stephens advanced far in the 2017 Cincinnati race because she reached the semifinals.
Williams will play again after a one-year hiatus.
Since the August of last year, Williams has not participated in a singles competition. Williams has taken a number of wildcards recently. Williams agreed to accept a main draw wildcard for the Citi Open in Washington last week.
Next week is the start of the Citi Open, where Williams will compete for the first time. Williams expressed her excitement about competing in the Citi Open for the first time this summer. “I adore Washington, DC, and coming back to perform there before a crowd that has been so supportive of me is like coming home.
Soon, I hope to return to the courts and compete in Washington, DC. Williams will go to Canada for the National Bank Open in Toronto after Washington. Williams will then come back to the country for the Cincinnati Western & Southern Open. Williams is probably also going to get a US Open main tournament wildcard.