By BRIAN MAHONEY – AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams will return to the US Open this year after receiving a wild card Wednesday in what could be her younger sister Serena’s final tournament.
Venus Williams won the US Open in 2000 and 2001, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of her appearance at the 1997 final at Flushing Meadows aged 17 in her first full season on tour.
Now 42, Williams sat out the US Open last year due to injury, but the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion recently returned to tour after missing almost a year.
Serena Williams, 40, recently said she is about to quit tennisalthough she did not specify that it would come after the US Open, which begins on August 29.
Dominic Thiem, the 2020 US Open men’s champion who has since suffered injuries and fallen to No. 228 in the world, also received a wild card from the US Tennis Association.
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The USTA also gave a wild card to Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion who did not compete in New York last year due to injury, as well as her fellow Americans. CoCo Vandeweghe, Elizabeth Mandlik, Peyton Stearns and Eleana Yu.
France’s Harmony Tan – who beat Serena Williams in a fourth-round run at Wimbledon – and Australia’s Jaimee Fourlis also received wild cards.
Mandlik, the daughter of former US Open champion Hana Mandlikova, earned hers by winning the US Open wild-card challenge.
On the men’s side, the wildcards went to Americans Sam Querrey, Emilio Nava, JJ Wolf, Ben Shelton and Learner Tien, as well as Frenchman Ugo Humbert and Australian Rinky Hijikata.
Also on Wednesday 2016, US Open semi-finalist Gael Monfils withdrew due to a right foot injury sustained last week in his match against Jack Draper in Montreal. Monfils, who missed time earlier this season after surgery on his right heel, announced that he need further treatment for the injury.
Taro Daniel of Japan entered the main draw.
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