Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams among Western & Southern Open wildcards

Kim Clijsters practice

Kim Clijsters has added another event to her calendar after the former world No 1 was handed a wildcard entry for the Western & Southern Open along with Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Caty McNally.

Four-time Grand Slam winner Clijsters made her second professional comeback earlier this year as she competed in the Dubai and Monterrey events before the WTA Tour went on an enforced break due to the coronavirus.

Women’s tennis is set to resume at the beginning of August and mother-of-three Clijsters is to make her return at the Top Seed Open in Lexington on August 10 before switching to Flushing Meadows for the Western & Southern Open.

The Belgian wasn’t the only Grand Slam winner to be handed a wildcard as seven-time major winner Williams, 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka also received entries into the main draw.

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Eighteen-year-old Cincinnati native McNally has also been handed a wildcard.

American McNally only made her WTA Tour singles debut in 2019 and reached her maiden semi-final at the Citi Open in Washington D.C. in August while she also took a set of 23-time Grand Slam winner at the US Open last year.

The Western & Southern Open will run from August 22–28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

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