New York: Seven-time major champion Venus Williams and 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin lead the list of the eight women who have received wild cards into the 2022 US Open women’s singles main draw.
Venus and Sofia will be joined by fellow Americans CoCo Vandeweghe, Elizabeth Mandlik, Peyton Stearns and Eleana Yu, as well as Australia’s Jaimee Fourlis and France’s Harmony Tan as part of reciprocal wild card agreements with Tennis Australia and the French tennis federation.
The 42-year-old Williams will be making her 23rd US Open main draw appearance. The 2000 and 2001 US Open singles champion missed last year’s tournament with injury, and was sidelined for nearly a year before returning to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon this June.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, has hinted towards her retirement, saying that she is “evolving away from tennis” after the US Open.
Writing for Vogue, the American said she is moving towards “other things that are important to me”, adding she does not like the word “retirement”.
The 40-year-old admitted she was “getting close to the light at the end of the tunnel” with regards to her remarkable career.