At 42 years old, Venus Williams is among the most experienced players on the Tour. The veteran has played 21 tournaments since the start of 2020, doing her best to extend her career and pursue more notable results. Venus made her debut at the Australian Open in 1998 and will be competing at Melbourne Park 25 years after receiving the wild card from the organizers!
Venus has missed just four Australian Open events since making her debut, including the current season. She is the Australian Open champion in doubles and mixed doubles, with two singles finals in 2003 and 2017. Williams has nine quarterfinals, losing six and reaching those two aforementioned finals and one semifinal.
Venus started the 2020 season just outside the top 50, losing in Melbourne to Cori Gauff. The veteran scored her first win of the season in August in Lexington over Victoria Azarenka before falling to her sister Serena de ella in three sets.
Venus ended the year with five straight losses, keeping her points from the previous two seasons and remaining in the top 80 heading into 2021. Venus battled well against Petra Kvitova in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open before an early exit in the first of the season. Important.
Williams experienced six straight losses before falling to Ons Jabeur in the second round at Wimbledon.
Venus Williams will play the Australian Open in January.
Venus finished the year after Chicago in August and stayed off the court for a year.
The seven-time Major singles winner returned to action in Washington this August, losing to Rebecca Marino in three sets after a strong performance. Jil Teichmann and Karolina Pliskova defeated Venus in Toronto and Cincinnati before entering their 23rd US Open!
Williams fell to Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets, believed by many to be the last tournament of her career. Instead, Venus wanted to extend her career and start anew in Australia in 2023. «I’m excited to return to Melbourne to compete at the Australian Open in January.
I have been racing in the country for over 20 years and the Australian community has always wholeheartedly supported me. It will be an honor to play again for the fans, and I look forward to creating more memories at the tournament this year,» said Venus Williams.