Serena to return to action at Top Seed Open

With tennis easing out of lockdown, Serena Williams has confirmed that she will play in the inaugural edition of the WTA event in Lexington, Kentucky

Serena Williams won her first match in 14 months on Monday

Serena Williams has confirmed that she will be competing in the inaugural edition of the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky, setting a date for her return to action.

Ranked No 9 in the world, Serena will begin her preparation for the US Open in Kentucky, with the WTA event scheduled for an August 10 start. Joining her will be fellow American and former US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

The 38-year-old Williams is still one short of Margaret Court’s world record of 24 singles Grand Slam titles. In June, when the USTA announced that the US Open will be held from August 31 behind closed doors, Serena was prompt in her support and said she was keen to play the home Slam.

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Serena last played in February, when she helped USA beat Latvia at the Fed Cup in Everett, Washington. The tennis tours have been suspended since March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The WTA has charted out a revised schedule, with the tour restarting on August 3 in Palermo, Italy.

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Last week, the WTA confirmed the addition of events in Prague and Lexington to its provisional calendar, which now features 21 tournaments.