Serena Williams appears to have dispelled any speculation that this may be her last season by signing up to play at the 2020 ASB Classic in New Zealand.
Williams has only played the Auckland tournament once before, losing to second round to Madison Brengle in 2017.
She will be looking to put that right in 2020, though, with her participation proving she is already planning to be on the WTA Tour next season.
“I want to win that title so bad,” Williams said of the ASB Classic.
“Last time I was there I had so much going on and although I fought through to win my first match, I know I didn’t play to my level.
“I have such amazing memories that are really special to me from Auckland.
“I would really like to add some on court memories to that list.”
Welcome back to the ASB Classic SERENA WILLIAMS!
One of the biggest names in sport with an impressive 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 72 WTA single titles and an astounding 319 weeks at Number 1 we’re thrilled to welcome Serena back in 2020.
— ASB Classic (@ASB_Classic) August 19, 2019
Tournament director Karl Budge, meanwhile, understandably couldn’t seem to hide his delight at getting Williams signed up.
“We know she has some unfinished business here and we have desperately wanted to show the New Zealand public just what the greatest player of all time can do here.
“Serena is chasing history and Auckland will play a key role in helping her achieve it. I can’t wait to see her back out on court.”
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