Venus Williams granted wild card into WTA Wuhan Open

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Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams will return to China for next month's Wuhan Open after accepting a wild card into the 2.75 million U.S. dollar WTA tournament, organizers announced Wednesday.

Williams, who is currently competing at the US Open, is the latest illustrious name to join this year's Wuhan Open, which runs from September 21 to 29. Her entry means that all 20 of the WTA's world top 20 are set to compete in Wuhan.

"I love playing in China because the fans there are so great and always really appreciative. I have some fun memories of winning Wuhan in 2015 so I'm excited that I'll get a chance to go back there," the Wuhan Open organizing committee quoted Williams as saying.

"Every year it's such a tough field in Wuhan so I'll be ready to compete hard amongst some really great players," she added.

"Venus is an icon of our sport and we're honored and thrilled to have her competing in Wuhan again this year," said Fabrice Chouquet, tournament co-director of the Wuhan Open. "She has achieved so much and is a huge favorite with fans around the world, but especially here in Wuhan where she has a special place in people's hearts after lifting the trophy in 2015."

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