Venus Williams is a 2023 Australian Open wild card.
Williams will return to Melbourne Park for the 22nd time since 1998. The former world No. 1 lost to her sister Serena in 2003 and 2017. Nine times, she’s reached the quarterfinals.
Williams says she’s delighted to compete at the Australian Open in January.
“I’ve competed in Australia for 20 years, and the community has always backed me. It will be an honour to play for the fans again, and I hope to make more memories this year.
Venus is a tremendous role model and pioneer in our sport in many ways. We’re happy to have her back in January.” Craig Tiley, Australian Open director.
Her last Australian Open appearance was in 2021, when she was knocked out by Sara Errani. The 42-year-old is ranked No. 1007 and has lost all four singles matches in 2022.
Since her poor 2022 US Open doubles performance, Venus Williams has been working hard.
Venus Williams has been practising since her 2022 US Open doubles first-round defeat.
Venus Williams remarked on YouTube, “A lot of people have been asking me, ‘Are you going to play again?’ I love tennis and I would like to play again, and I’ll let you know when.”
“After our US Open doubles match, I hit the court a lot. Next day, I hired a court and attended every New York practise. Since I started hitting indoors, “added Williams.
She’s also working on her forehand and serve, “the most essential shots” in tennis.
“I’ve been working my forehand a lot. A key shot. Your serve is tennis’ most important shot. So tennis players, serve well and serve large “added Williams.