Venus Williams to Make a Comeback Ahead of US Open 2021

Published 08/21/2021, 3:05 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 08: Venus Williams of The United States of America celebrates after winning match point in her Women’s Singles first round match against Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium during day one of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 08, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)


Venus Williams will be participating at the Chicago Women’s Open starting on the 22nd of August. After a long break from tennis, Williams will be back on court in the windy city. She last played at the Wimbledon Championships back in July.

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Venus has not participated in any tournaments in the past one and a half month. Her reason for withdrawing from the Cincinnati Open still remains unknown. However, she withdrew from the National Bank Open in Montreal due to a viral illness.

Venus Williams leaves court 1 after defeat by Ons Jabeur on day three of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Wednesday June 30, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Venus Williams is back after a short hiatus

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The former World No.1 lost in the second round of the Wimbledon Championships back in June. Ons Jabeur beat her in straight sets and completed a bagel over her in the second set. With a score line of 7-5, 6-0, Jabeur beat Williams in what was her last match.

Venus will however mark her comeback at the WTA Chicago Open. The tournament is back in Chicago for the first time in 20 years and serves as a base for preparation for Williams.

Williams has received the wildcard entry at the US Open and the Chicago campaign will be perfect for her preparation. She will be playing her 23rd US Open later this month ever since her debut at the age of 14.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 31: Venus Williams of the United States celebrates victory in her match against Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands during day one of the WTA 500 Yarra Valley Classic at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Williams’ 2021 so far

Venus Williams has been playing for more than 20 years. She started her career at the age of 14 and is still continuing with great determination. However, her form has dipped with age and she isn’t the player she used to be anymore.

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She has played eight tournaments this year and has not found any major success at any of them. Her singles performances have been poor so far this season with a streak of first and second round defeats. Besides her singles performance, her doubles campaign has not taken off either. She had to withdraw from the Wimbledon Championships as her mixed doubles partner Nick Kyrgios suffered an injury.

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Can Venus make a mark with her comeback?

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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