Venus Williams is set to make a return to women’s singles at the National Bank Open thanks to a generic entry. For the first time since 2019, Venus Williams will compete in Toronto. Additionally, she will be playing singles matches on the WTA Tour for the first time since August 2021. The three-time winner from Toronto last competed there in 2019, when she pulled out due to back spasms after losing to Canadian Bianca Andreescu in the championship match.
The National Open Bank released an official statement from Venus Williams. It read: “I’m so excited to be back at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers. I love the city, the tournament and I can’t wait to be back in Toronto. The tournament put together an official roster last week with Serena Williams as one of the entrants. This will be Serena’s first North American competition on hard court in two years.
Serena and Venus Williams will be part of the tournament
Venus Williams has not had the greatest sporting success in town. Her best result to date was just a third-round appearance in 2017, and she is 2-7 in Toronto. She did, however, finish second in the sister event of the National Bank Open in Montreal in 2014, losing to Agnieszka Radwanska. Championship organizer Karl Hale expressed his delight at the prospect of the two Williams sisters competing saying they have both contributed significantly to the sport.
“We are thrilled to have both sisters playing at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers this year. Venus and Serena meant a lot to the sport and their participation puts a spark in everyone among the fans. They are two of the greatest players in history and we can’t wait to welcome them to Toronto,” concluded Hale. The National Bank Open tournament will begin on August 6 and end on August 14.
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