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Fans cheer as Venus Williams begins preparing for the 2023 Australian Open


Venus Williams’ forehand in Auckland wowed fans.

The 42-year-old received a wildcard for the WTA 250 ASB Classic in Auckland. She’s in New Zealand and has started practising.

A video of Williams hitting a solid forehand in training has supporters hoping for 2023.

One admirer said her forehand showed she was “crazy” for 2019

“She’s heading into 2023 angry ASL and ready to quiet all the WC back talk,” a fan tweeted.

Another admirer noted Williams’ groundstroke let her to compete with players half her age or younger.

“Lowkey has one of the best ground stroke tactics of all time because she can still compete with girls half her age,” a fan tweeted.

Vee switched rackets and forehands. I’m thrilled!

Venus Williams’ 2022 season was poor.

Venus Williams begins 2023 after a poor 2022 season in which she won no singles matches. Her solitary win came in her opening match of the year, a mixed doubles match against Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus.

Before obtaining a wildcard for the US Open, the American lost in the opening round of the Citi Open, Canadian Open, and Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

In the first round of women’s singles in New York, she lost 6-1, 7-6(5) against Alison van Uytvanck. In women’s doubles, she and Serena Williams lost 7-6(5), 6-4 to Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka.

Venus Williams is ranked 1000th in the WTA and hopes to rise in 2023. Coco Gauff, Leylah Fernandez, and Sloane Stephens are among the Americans’ Auckland opponents.

The 42-year-old may try to gain a wildcard to the Australian Open after the ASB Classic. Her last Asia-Pacific Major appearance was 2021, when she lost to Sara Errani.

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