Having received a wildcard, the former World No.1 Venus Williams will begin her clay-court season at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. In the WTA Tour calendar, Spain’s 1000 category event will occur from 29th April to 8th May.
On the Madrid red dirt, the seven-time Grand Slam champion will be competing for the first time since 2018, when she fell in the first round to Estonian Anett Kontaveit.
“I am thrilled to be returning to Madrid to kick off my clay-court season. Madrid is an incredible host city, and the fans always bring so much positive energy,” said the 40-year-old from the United States.
In the earlier five appearances, Venus Williams ultimately reached both singles and doubles finals in 2010. Despite the singles’ loss, she captured the doubles title with none other than her sister Serena Williams.
Venus Williams Is a Legend of Women’s Tennis, says Mutua Madrid Open 2021 Director
In the Madrid Open, Venus Williams and seven other former and current World No.1 players, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber, will be making their presences this year.
“It’s always a privilege to be able to see such talented players who have so much history on tour. Venus is a legend of women’s tennis, and we will be able to enjoy her presence and that of seven other women who have been world number one at this year’s tournament.
This news guarantees a spectacular tournament once again this season,” confessed director of Mutua Madrid Open, Feliciano Lopez.
In 2021, Senior Williams began the season with a straight-sets win over Dutch Arantxa Rus at the Yarra Valley Classic, Australia. Consequently, she lost her second-round match to Italian Sara Errani in the Melbourne major.
The four-time Olympic Gold medalist fell in the Miami Open first round to Kazakh Zarina Diya in the last appearance. However, She has a win-loss record of 2-3 this year and is ranked No.92 in the world.