Serena Williams returns to Toronto ahead of US Open

Toronto, Canada - She's back! Serena Williams will reportedly play at the Canadian Open in Toronto in August.

Serena Williams serves in the 2019 Canadian Open.
Serena Williams serves in the 2019 Canadian Open.  © VAUGHN RIDLEY / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

Fresh off her return at Wimbledon after a year away from competition, event organizers announced Thursday that Serena Williams has decided to compete in the Canadian Open.

Williams, who suffered a Wimbledon first-round exit this year against Harmony Tan, elected to use her protected ranking to enter the main draw of the National Bank Open for the first time since her run in the 2019 final.

In that match, the three-time winner of the event was reportedly forced to retire only 19 minutes into the final due to back spasms. As a result, Canada's Bianca Andreescu took the victory by default.

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Still, the tournament has served Williams well in the past, as she at least reached the semi-finals the last five times she's played in the event.

The 40-year-old surely hopes to continue her success, and build on her shocking early exit from Wimbledon.

According to the Toronto organizers, 41 of the players ranked in the top 43 on the WTA Tour are on the Canadian Open entry list, including world No. 1 Iga Świątek of Poland, four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka of Japan, and 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu of the UK.

After a nearly three-year wait, the Canadian Open will make its official return to full capacity at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto from August 6-14.

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